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Going into UFC On Fox 4, Lightweight mainstay Joe Lauzon will be looking to recover from a devastating first round knock out loss to Anthony Pettis at UFC 144. Lauzon was riding high before that match with an upset win over Melvin Guillard. Now, he wants to resolidify his position with a win over Jamie Varner. Last month, after Lauzon's original opponent Terry Etim was injured, the UFC called up Varner to take his second fight in a row on short notice.
Yahoo! caught up with Lauzon to get his thoughts on his new opponent:
Varner is a little shorter than me, and a straight boxer and wrestler. It is much easier for me to have better training partners to prepare for him than for Etim, who is long, rangy, and an awkward striker. It was hard to find guys to spar the same way as him, all herky jerky. But I have a bunch of guys at my gym who are 5'9, 5'10 and are good wrestlers and good boxers. Varner is a higher ranked guy, the former WEC champ and Barbosa is a huge name to have a win over. Varner had a huge win where he stepped in on short notice. I don't want him to make another name off of me.
Back in May, Jamie Varner capitalized on a huge opportunity when he upset Edson Barboza at UFC 146 with only 3 weeks notice. Although he'll have earned some good will from the UFC brass as a two-time injury replacement, Varner will need a win here to really start to make his mark on the division. This Saturdary, Varner and Lauzon will face off as the opening bout the main card on UFC On Fox 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.