"It is much easier for me to have better training partners to prepare for [Jamie Varner] 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 Barboza 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."
- UFC lightweight Jamie Varner stepped in on short notice against Edson Barboza at UFC 146 and derailed the hype train in devastating fashion, handing the Brazilian his first loss via violent first round knockout. He once again stepped up to the plate, replacing an injured Terry Etim to take on Joe Lauzon this upcoming Saturday night (August 4, 2012) on the UFC on FOX 4 main card. His opponent, Joe Lauzon, understands the severity of his situation and he does not want to make the same mistakes Barboza did to Varner three months ago. As "J-Lau" puts it, Varner may be a better fighter than Etim, but he'll be easier to prepare for and he plans on taking full advantage of the fact he got to use a full training camp (via Yahoo! Sports). Do you feel history will repeat itself on Saturday night, or will Lauzon have the perfect answer to defuse "C-4?"