Fans might want to start calling Jamie Varner the UFC‘s new “Company Man,” as the ex-WEC champion has stepped up on short notice again. Varner will replace Terry Etim and meet Joe Lauzon in Los Angeles on August 4 at UFC on FOX 4.
The Varner-Lauzon bout will be part of the prelims for the event. The main card is headlined by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera.
Varner (20-6-1) returned to the UFC earlier this year, accepting a fight with undefeated prospect Edson Barboza with only a few weeks to prepare. The decision was clearly a good one, as Varner knocked Barboza out, earning his third consecutive win and first in the UFC since 2007 as a result.
Lauzon (21-7) is looking to regroup from a loss to Anthony Pettis earlier this year that halted a two-fight winning streak. “J-Lau” is 3-3 in his last six Octagon appearances.
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