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MMA Fighter Plays MW2 to Heal

WEC mixed martial arts fighter Jamie Varner suffered a major injury a year ago when he broke a metacarpal bone in his hand. In order to rebuild strength, the doctor had only one prescription for him: more video games. Constant movement of the hands and fingers would strengthen the broken bone, thus aiding its recovery.

The 25-year-old, 155 lb. MMA fighter underwent two rounds of surgery after the injury on January 25, 2009 (Cerrone fight for the WEC followers) one of which was due to the bone healing incorrectly. After his doctor’s advice, Varner retrieved his Xbox 360 which was on loan to a friend (fellow fighter Ryan Bader) and picked up a copy of the popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. According to Varner “I’ve been on that non-stop pretty much.” This is confirmed on his official site in a post from 11/24/09 stating “Call of duty has taken over my life…lol training went well today I lifted, did a photo shoot for Mma unlimited, sparred then grappled. It was a long day then ofcourse I got a couple kills in today on COD! Bader,CB and Ryan Diaz all played tonight. So tomorrow I’ll be grappling, swimming then Thai pad work!”

According to Varner, his hand is now 100%. If you’re interested in taking him on in MW2 on Xbox 360, his gamertag is champ155.