Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner has been angling for an August return to fighting after a very busy 2012, and the UFC has given him his next opponent. Today the UFC officially announced that he will be fighting Gleison Tibau at UFC 164 in Milwaukee on August 31st.
It's been a surprising and impressive career revival for Varner (21-7-1, 2 NCs) , who had a 1-4-1 stretch of fights after defending the WEC lightweight title against Donald Cerrone back in 2008. He pulled off one of the biggest upsets in 2012 when he returned to the UFC and knocked out the highly regarded Edson Barboza in the 1st round at UFC 146. Varner was pressed into action again at UFC on Fox 4 against Joe Lauzon, and while he lost by 3rd round submission his fight was widely considered one of the best fights of the year. He completed his 2012 resurgence with a split decision win over Melvin Guillard at UFC 155.
Tibau (27-9) just completed his 19th UFC fight in May, submitting John Cholish in the 2nd round. The Brazilian has won 5 of his last 7 dating back to 2011, with his only defeats coming to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Evan Dunham. Tibau is best known for not being 113 years old (he's actually 29) and cutting an enormous amount of weight to make 155 lbs.