Jamie Varner

Jamie Varner

Former WEC champion Jamie Varner is looking to make some changes that will hopefully lead him back to the UFC, and it starts with joining New Jersey’s AMA Fight Club.

Varner, who is coming off a win over Tyler Combs at XFO 39 a little over a week ago, has decided to pick up and move from his longtime home in Arizona to work with the New Jersey based fight team.

“Jamie’s been out here for about a week and a half, and he’s looking to buy a house and move out here and make AMA his home,” AMA Fight Club leader Mike Constantino revealed in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio.

“He’s a great addition to the team. He’s very, very talented and I’ll give you my word now, hear it here first, he’ll definitely be back in the UFC.”

AMA Fight Club boasts a list of several UFC fighters including top lightweight contender Jim Miller, who will obviously become a major asset in working with Varner, as well as benefit from adding another top lightweight to the camp.

Constantino says it was a mutual friend at KO Reps who introduced Varner to the team, and now it’s going to be a permanent move to New Jersey.

“It was a really good fit, definitely from our end, and apparently he liked it so he’s going to stay. He’s going to get so much better I can already see it in how talented he already is,” said Constantino.

Varner joins AMA Fight Club after several years training in Arizona, primarily under the tutelage of brothers Trevor and Todd Lally at Arizona Combat Sports.

In its heyday, Arizona Combat Sports touted some of the top up-and-coming fighters in the sport like Ryan Bader, C.B. Dollaway, and Carlos Condit.

Many of those past stars have already split with the gym and now Varner is the latest to exit.

Constantino believes that Varner can pick up a lot working with the squad at AMA Fight Club and become and integral part to their team over the next several months.

“Jamie’s very, very well rounded. He’s got really good striking, really good wrestling, and he’s got good jiu-jitsu. When you add the cardio and just being around guys that always have fights, guys in my school always have fights so every practice we have 10-plus guys on the mat and they all have fights booked, so they’re all equally as hungry. My practices are very, very competitive and they’re very intense. You can’t help but get better in that environment,” Constantino said.

Following his win at XFO 39, Varner has already ventured back to New Jersey to work with the team at AMA Fight Club and will look to relocate there permanently in the next few months.


Damon Martin is the lead staff writer and radio host for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.


view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 67 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Condit vs Alves' main card winners in Brazil

  • 2 days ago
  • 4 views

After an intriguing UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs Alves" event, MMAmania.com ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday night (May 30, 2015) on FOX Sports 1 read news >>

UFC Fight Night 65: Fights to make for the main card fighters

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

Tim B. takes a look at who the main card fighters from UFC Fight Night 65 could be facing off with in their next bout. UFC Fight Night 65 is in the books and while it wasn't high on the relevancy sca read news >>

B.J. Penn Joins 2015 UFC Hall of Fame Class

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

Former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn is the latest inductee for the reinvigorated UFC Hall of Fame, the company announced on Saturday. read news >>

Why Ronda Rousey Should Make a Habit of Appearing in the WWE

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Ronda Rousey appeared at WrestleMania 31, and it lit the worlds of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts on fire. Since then, she has stated she has to find a way back into the WWE ring. And read news >>

UFC veteran Chael Sonnen switches teams, joins pro wrestling roster

  • 26 days ago
  • 28 views

Three-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title contender and retired mixed martial arts (MMA) star Chael Sonnen is headed to professional wrestling. But not with WWE. Instead, the Metamoris co read news >>

Joe Rogan: 'It doesn't make sense' for Dana White to call Brendan Schaub a liar

  • 14 days ago
  • 547 views

The UFC's Reebok deal has everyone taking a side. Two weeks ago, Brendan Schaub tweeted that he made six figures per fight from sponsors after finding out that he'd only garner $10,000 through the Re read news >>

Lorenzo Fertitta defends UFC-Reebok payout structure: 'We can't make everybody happy'

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

He was right. Reactions to the Reebok payout structure are still trickling in, after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) revealed just how much its athletes can expect to earn (see it here) while co read news >>

UFC 187 results: Donald Cerrone finishes John Makdessi with head kick

  • 10 days ago
  • 7 views

LAS VEGAS -- One head kick was enough to make John Makdessi realize it was time to call it a night. Makdessi absorbed a brutal kick from Donald Cerrone late in the second round of their UFC 187 light read news >>

UFC Fight Night 66: Fights to make for the main card fighters

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

Tim B takes a look at who the UFC Fight Night 66 main card combatants should meet in their next bouts. UFC Fight Night 66 is in the books, and the top three fights were all pretty one-sided. That did read news >>

Did UFC Manila fighter make a rape reference about Lloyd Irvin?

  • 16 days ago
  • 108 views

Social media was buzzing during UFC Manila after fans and pundits mistakenly identified the logo on a UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber fighter's shorts as a shot at Lloyd Irvin's rape accusations. Wh read news >>