Varner (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

UFC on Fox 13: Jamie Varner Announces His Retirement from MMA

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the UFC hosted UFC on Fox 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic from the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.

In the night’s main event, former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos took on fellow top-10 fighter Stipe Miocic. The Brazilian dos Santos had been out of action since suffering a fifth-round TKO loss to current champion Cain Velasquez in the pair’s rubber match at UFC 166. Miocic, meanwhile, stepped into the Octagon riding a three-fight winning streak. The former collegiate All-American looked to establish himself as a true title threat against the former champion.

The co-main event of the evening featured a lightweight clash between former title challenger Nate Diaz and Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos. Diaz had been absent from the Octagon since last November, when he scored a dominant, first-round TKO over Gray Maynard. Dos Anjos had earned wins in seven of his last eight bouts inside the cage. He put the division on notice in August, knocking out former champion Benson Henderson in the first round.


The 12-fight event kicked off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET with three fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Five additional preliminary card bouts followed at 5 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the four-fight main card airing live at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

For the full results of the event, click here.

Above is video of former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner announcing his retirement from MMA competition (courtesy of the UFC).

Fox Main Card
Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Nate Diaz vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Matt Mitrione
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Willie Gates vs. John Moraga
Claudia Gadelha vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Joe Riggs vs. Ben Saunders
Drew Dober vs. Jamie Varner
Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Ellenberger
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
David Michaud vs. Garett Whiteley
Henry Cejudo vs. Dustin Kimura
Anthony Birchak vs. Ian Entwistle