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Paul Varelans Biography
UFC pioneer Paul Varelans has died, according to multiple posts from his friends on Facebook. Heavy has not independently verified Varelans death.
Varelans, known as “The Polar Bear”, competed in the promotion several times in the 1990s and has a professional MMA record of 9-9. He was 51 years old.
On December 12, Varelans revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis, sharing a post on Facebook, writing: “So [it is] official that I am COVID-19 positive. And feel like hell. ”
The next day the UFC pioneer wrote: “The best way I can compare the feeling of COVID-19 in my [experience] is that it is like fighting a guy who specializes in hitting the kidneys and they never stop doing it. “.
On December 14, Varelans wrote: “Now for food pains I would kill for WTF confit salmon.”
On December 17, UFC co-founder Art Davie shared on Facebook that Varelans had been hooked up to a fan. “Paul Varelans … (The polar bear) … has been diagnosed with Covid 19. He is hooked up to a ventilator and has problems,” Davie wrote. “I urge everyone in the MMA world to say a quick prayer for Paul. God, speed … !!! ”
Shane Viens, who said he was one of Varelan’s best friends, revealed on Facebook the same day that the veteran had been placed into a medically induced coma in the intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital in Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. .
On December 21, Viens shared an update from The Polar Bear. “Paul has also been on kidney dialysis since the day after I initially posted,” he wrote. “He has been day to day and he is still on the ventilator, but today there has been a little improvement in his breathing and the dialysis is working; his blood pressure is starting to drop. He is still unconscious and still fighting. Thank you all for continuing to show her support. He’s holding out hard for now. ”
A friend who claims to have known Varelans for more than 20 years confirmed Varelans death on Saturday.
“Sad update: Paul Varelans passed away today from Covid complications,” he wrote. “He was definitely one of a kind: soccer player, UFC legend, goalkeeper, D&D player, and philosopher. Having known him for more than 20 years, he was unique and the center of some good stories and a really good guy. ”
Condolences & Prayers Were Shared on Varelans’ Facebook Page on Saturday
More than two dozen of Varelan’s friends on Facebook posted to his wall Saturday night. One person wrote: “Rest, champion! You were a true pioneer, my friend! ”
Another wrote: “Teach those angels MMA, Paul. RIP my brother. “A Facebook friend wrote:” My prayers and condolences go out to Paul’s family. Bon appetit to you brother and his trip. ”
Varelans Fought 8 Times in the UFC’s Octagon, Fought Multiple Legends
The Polar Bear made his professional MMA and UFC debut on the same night in July 1995. He competed in the UFC 6 tournament, fighting Cal Worsham in the first round and winning via KO. In his next fight, he took on Octagon legend Tank Abbott and lost by KO.
He then took part in UFC 7, winning two fights in the tournament, finishing Gerry Harris and Mark Hall, before losing to Marco Ruas in the finals.
Varelans went on to fight three more times in the promotion, including a bout against Dan Severn, as well as in other promotions around the world. He amassed a professional record of 9-9 with seven wins coming the way of KO / TKO.