Short notice worked well for Jamie Varner‘s return to the UFC, so why not try it twice?
The former WEC champion who stormed back into the UFC with a knockout victory over previously undefeated fighter Edson Barboza at UFC 146 will now take another short notice fight as he steps in to face Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug 4.
UFC officials announced the new match-up on late Wednesday night.
Following his exit from the WEC after 2010, Varner toiled around several regional promotions and actually contemplated retirement before revamping his career by joining the MMA Lab and his old team at Arizona Combat Sports.
The rejuvenation plan worked as Varner stomped two opponents in a row before shocking the world with his first round knockout over Edson Barboza.
Now Varner will take another short notice fight as he faces Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4, following the departure of his original opponent Terry Etim when he was claimed by injury.
Varner meets Lauzon on the undercard of the UFC on Fox 4 show taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Aug 4.