Kazula Vargas
Kazula

Mexico

Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 10/24/2021
Medical suspension after first UFC win
LightweightUFC
Out
May 3, 2021
Vargas is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vargas earned his first UFC victory on April 24 against Zhurong, but he still was handed a six-month medical suspension. It's unclear when he will fight next, but Vargas won't be able to take the Octagon again until late October if he can't get his injury cleared by a doctor.
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Earns first UFC victory
LightweightUFC
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April 24, 2021
Vargas defeated Zhurong via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28) at UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It's Vargas' first victory in three attempts with the UFC and a win that likely saved his job. It was a surprisingly effective performance from a fighter who had shown little to date. Vargas has had more success on the feet than the mat throughout his pro career, but his more effective weapon on Saturday was a deep guillotine choke which nearly finished Zhurong in Round 2. He wasn't able to get the stoppage, but it set the tone for the rest of the bout. Vargas' long-term ceiling is extremely limited, but this was a nice showing as a +200 underdog.
Next fight scheduled
LightweightUFC
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March 16, 2021
Vargas (undisclosed) is set to face Zhu Rong in a fight on the UFC's April 24 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Vargas withdrew from his scheduled bout last September for an undisclosed reason but appears to finally be ready to reenter the Octagon. The 35-year-old has yet to earn a victory in two tries since joining the UFC but gets another shot against a fighter in Rong who is making his debut with the promotion. Vargas yields four inches of height and one of reach to his opponent, so he'll need to work inside to get in his punches, which is typically his mode of attack.
WD's from fight with injury
LightweightUFC
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September 1, 2020
Vargas has an undisclosed injury and will not fight Alan Patrick at the UFC event on September 12, C. Contreras Legaspi of laaficion.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vargas is still dealing with an injury of some type and will not be ready for his fight in mid-September. It will force the UFC to have to find Patrick a replacement on short notice. Vargas has not fought since mid-February when he was disqualified due to an illegal knee against Brok Weaver.
Fighting Patrick in September
LightweightUFC
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August 13, 2020
Vargas will take on Alan Patrick in a lightweight matchup at the UFC even on September 12, MMAJunkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Vargas' last fight was in February when he was DQ'd do to an illegal knee, taking his second consecutive loss with the company. He hasn't impressed much with volume during his short time with the UFC, averaging just 1.84 significant strikes landed per minute. His opponent will be making his first appearance since October of 2018, but Vargas will still be a betting underdog of roughly (+230).
DQ'd due to illegal knee
LightweightUFC
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February 15, 2020
Vargas lost to Brok Weaver via disqualification (illegal knee) at 4:02 of Round 1 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Vargas landed a couple combinations early that eventually led to a takedown, but he spent several minutes attempting to advance position to no avail. He slipped up and allowed Weaver to catch him in a tight guillotine, but was ultimately able to escape. While still in top position and looking for ground-and-pound, Vargas launched a heavy knee while Weaver was still downed, and Weaver went out. The referee had no choice but to rule this a disqualification, as Weaver was unfit to continue after taking the illegal shot.