Well, if it works once why not try it again? That must be Jamie Varner’s mentality as he steps in to face Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4 on short notice. The event takes place on August 4th, so he will have a little over a month to prepare, which is more time than allotted in his return fight to the UFC. He stepped in to take on red hot prospect Edson Barboza at UFC 146 on a little more than three weeks notice. Almost everyone counted out the former WEC lightweight champion, but he showed what he was made of – finishing Barboza in the first round.
In Lauzon he faces another battle tested veteran who is coming off a loss to the last WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Don’t expect a fight between the two to go to the judges as there is only six decisions in their combined 57 fights. Lauzon is known for his ground work which is represented by his 17 wins by submission.
Varner is equally as dangerous with 11 wins by submission, and 7 wins by knockout. He will most likely want to keep the fight standing as three of his losses have come by submission, and Lauzon has been shown to not have the strongest chin, suffering technical knockouts on three occasions. Only time will tell if Varner’s choice to take short notice fights will continue to pay off. Here’s the card as it stands now.
MAIN CARD (FOX)
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida
Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell
Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)
Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Swick
Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa