UFC 169 fight card primer: Jamie Varner vs. Abel Trujillo

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Bloody Elbow previews all 12 fights from tonight's UFC 169 in New Jersey. Here, we look at a lightweight main card fight between Jamie Varner and Abel Trujillo.

UFC fans should be treated to a very entertaining night of fights, and kicking off the main card of UFC 169 is a lightweight battle between Jamie Varner (21-8-1, 2 NCs MMA; 3-3 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (11-5, 1 NC MMA; 2-1, 1 NC UFC). The former WEC champion is filling in for the injured Bobby Green.

Trujillo looked outstanding in his last outing, but is dealing with an opponent who has overcome a career slump and has returned in impressive form. Varner may have a .500 record since his UFC return but he's looked good in all of his fights. Trujillo showcased powerful striking, but will it be enough to dent the chin of Varner, who has never been knocked out? It should be a fascinating spectacle, and you can catch this fight and the rest of the main card at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on PPV.

How do these two stack up?

Varner: 29 years old | 5'8" | 72" reach
Trujillo: 30 years old | 5'8" | 70" reach

What have these two done recently?

Varner: L - Gleison Tibau (SD) | W - Melvin Guillard (SD) | L - Joe Lauzon (SUB)
Trujillo: W - Roger Bowling (TKO) | NC - Roger Bowling | L - Khabib Nurmagomedov (UD)

How did these two get here?

Varner's reign as WEC lightweight champion ended when Ben Henderson choked him out in early 2010, and it sent him on a downward spiral towards losing to Dakota Cochrane in Titan Fighting Championships. He was called up on short notice to face highly touted Edson Barboza at UFC 146, where he pulled off a stunning knockout win against the Brazilian. He took another short notice fight against Joe Lauzon and engaged in a great war that ultimately saw him choked out. Varner bounced back with an upset win over Melvin Guillard before being edged out by Gleison Tibau in his only fight of 2013.

Trujillo took apart Marcus LeVesseur with knees to the body and was vaulted into a showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who treated him like a ragdoll for 15 minutes. The Blackzilians camp member had his first fight against Roger Bowling ruled a no contest after it was ruled that he illegally kneed Bowling in the head while he was "downed". He showed no mercy in the December 2013 rematch, as he bullied and powered his way to a 2nd round TKO finish.

Why should you care?

It's a great main card opener. This won't really affect the top 10 or anything like that but it should be a good, fun fight.

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