The 29 year old is already planning for retirement. Spoke about that and much more about his fighting future.
“I only got one fight in 2013, and I see my window closing as far as being an athlete and competing at this high level, I’ve been fighting as a professional since I was 18; I’ve got 11 years in the sport.
“I started at the UFC in 2006, so that’s a long time, man. Plus, I started boxing when I was 11 years old and wrestling when I was 14. It’s a long time to be taking beatings. I want to make the most of it. I want to get three or four fights this year and three or four next year, and I’m going to retire when I’m 32.”
“First, I’ve got to focus on the fight with Abel,” he said. “I’ve had a four-week training camp. I’m confident. I don’t think is going to be able to beat me, but all it takes is one mistake, and the fight could be over.”
“Abel’s a very fast, athletic, explosive dude,” he said. “He’s a lot like Melvin Guillard; I would say he’s a little bit hungrier than the Melvin that I fought.”
Varner is 21–8–1 in his MMA career.
“From the first time he fought Roger to the second time, he was a completely different cat,” Varner said of Trujillo. “He’s getting better. He’s with a great camp; they have an Olympic gold medal wrestler teaching them wrestling.”
“I’m pretty confident I’ll be done,” he said. “That’s a long time in the sport. I was a world champ (in the WEC) and defended it. This is going to be my run in the UFC, and hopefully I get there. If I don’t, I’m going to fight hard and put on shows for the fans and develop a strong legacy.”
He will be fighting Abel Trujillo this Saturday on the main card live on PPV.
UFC 169 takes place Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card airs on pay-per-view and prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.