UFC veteran heavyweight Paul Vareleans was just one of the notable figures in the promotion’s early days. In 2020, he’s battling a tough struggle with COVID-19.
The 51-calendar year outdated took to Facebook recently to share the news before UFC founder Artwork Davie gave a status update a subject of days later on.
“Paul Varelans… (The Polar Bear)… has been identified with COVID-19,” Davie shared on Fb. “He’s on a ventilator and having difficulties. I urge all people in the MMA environment, to say a swift prayer for Paul. God speed…!!!”
The Sunnyvale, California native’s 18-struggle vocation spanned from 1995 to 1998. Vareleans built his UFC debut at UFC 6 when he scored a 62-next knockout by way of an elbow to Cal Worsham. Thus advancing him onward by the match to take on David “Tank” Abbott.
Next UFC 6’s summary, “The Polar Bear” would contend at four much more UFC functions. Throughout his 18 fights, Vareleans only fought to a final decision on two occasions. Between his most notable opponents have been the likes of Dan Severn, Kimo Leopoldo, Mark Kerr, Igor Vovchanchyn, and the aforementioned Abbott.
The 6-foot-8 Vareleans ended his profession on a large take note with a next-round knockout of Dick Vrij 22 many years in the past. His report stands at 9-9.
In addition to his MMA occupation, Vareleans also dabbled in the professional wrestling market by showing up at an Serious Championship Wrestling (ECW) shell out-for each-view. In 1996 at ECW’s Hardcore Heaven, Vareleans had a match with the wrestler Taz that was intended to glance like a serious battle. Normally regarded as a “shoot” in the pro wrestling entire world.
As a end result, Taz would finish up “going over” in opposition to Vareleans as Vareleans agreed to eliminate the match by using a choke submission. This would conclusion up staying the only visual appeal in professional wrestling for the former UFC star. In the end, we would like the veteran a speedy restoration for the duration of his troubled time.
This short article initially appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/18/2020.