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UFC 173 live blog: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause

Jamie Varner and James Krause kick off the UFC 173 pay-per-view Saturday.
Jamie Varner and James Krause kick off the UFC 173 pay-per-view Saturday.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 173 live blog for Jamie Varner vs. James Krause, a lightweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Varner, who has won two of his past five fights, will face Krause, who is 1-1 in the UFC, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 173 live blog below.

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Round 1: The referee in charge is Jason Herzog. Both fighters open orthodox with Krause taking center cage. Outside leg kick scores for Krause. Body shot for Varner, but Krause nails Varner with a left hook and as Varner backs up, he strangely wobbles to the canvas. Krause takes his back, but Varner is fighting out of it. Varner stands and is swinging, but appears to be injured. Varner shoots in for a double and gets it. Krause uses a butterfly sweep with ease to reverse Varner. Krause goes for a guillotine and is reversed. Varner is landing shots as Krause stands. Varner's left hook is badly injured and is continuously wobbling. Varner collapses after a missed punch. Krause pounces, but Varner is able to stand.

As the fight goes to the corner once the bell rings, Varner tells his corner his ankle is broken and the corner waves the fight off.

James Krause def. Jamie Varner via TKO at 5:00 of round 1

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