Abel Trujillo arrived as an exciting force in the UFC’s lightweight division with a thrilling second round knockout victory over Jamie Varner at UFC 169. The exciting affair in New Jersey produced both the Fight and Knockout of the Night bonuses. Both men were intent on inflicting serious damage on one another from the start, and it produced a number of wild exchanges in the opening round. Varner was nearly able to secure a North-South choke submission in the opening round after a takedown, but Trujillo was able to ward it off.
The end came in devastating fashion in the middle frame. Varner actually had Trujillo in trouble after landing a huge left hook to the jaw. The veteran unloaded a series of punches hoping to end the fight, but Trujillo would have none of it. He responded with heavy punches of his own as the go-for-broke exchanges continued. A picture perfect right hand from “Killa” knocked Varner absolutely senseless at the 2:32 mark. Trujillo picked up his 12th career victory in explosive fashion and made it back-to-back impressive wins inside the Octagon. It was a great follow up to his second round destruction of Roger Bowling at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento. Trujillo became the first fighter to ever stop the durable Varner via strikes and did it in highly dramatic fashion.
The spectacular nature of this latest victory makes Trujillo a fighter to watch in a stacked 155 pound weight class. His aggressive style makes him a fan-friendly fighter and there could be some outstanding matchups to make for him moving forward. While Varner suffered his second straight loss, his stock shouldn’t plummet too much, given the high entertainment value of what was a remarkable scrap.