Source: Cage Potato
Jamie Varner is starting to have a knack for coming to the UFC’s rescue. Last month, Varner agreed to replace Evan Dunham when he had to pull out of his fight with Edson Barboza. Varner admitted that Barboza was one of the few guys in the UFC that he didn’t want to face. But the opportunity to return to the UFC after having been cut by Zuffa after several losses in the WEC and wandering around smaller promotions was too good to turn down.
Varner went on to defeat Barboza in spectacular fashion at UFC 146 winning by referee stoppage in the first round. He is going through a career renaissance since almost retiring after his loss to Dakota Cochrane in September of last year. Varner credits going back to his old roots by rejoining his fight team at Arizona Combat Sports and MMA Lab. Varner looks to be his old self again and will look to put a run together when he goes up against Joe Lauzon at UFC on FOX 4.
For his part, Lauzon is looking to get back into the win column after suffering a head kick knock out from Anthony Pettis in Japan. Lauzon was on a 2 fight win streak before being derailed by Pettis. I think the fight just got more interesting with the addition of Varner. I am not sure how much Varner has left in him but he seems to be rejuvenated. He is on a 3 fight win streak and looked really impressive against Barboza.I am sure Varner is going to look to take the fight to Lauzon as well..
I can see both Lauzon and Varner wanting to trade on their feet. This should be a fast paced fight with both guys wanting to score the early stoppage. With the main card having all light heavyweights and heavyweights, Lauzon vs Varner could definitely steal the show and showcase what the smaller guys can do. Look for Varner to continue his underdog story and make the most of his return to the UFC.