May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jamie Varner (pictured) celebrates during his fight against Edson Barboza (not pictured) during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
"The right thing to say is that I can't overlook Joe and blah, blah, blah, but it's human nature; you can't help it. I can't help but wonder what would happen if I win, and I would have to think that the guys that have beaten Joe are in the top 10 or are thought to be contenders, so I'm just going to go with that. If I beat Joe Lauzon, I'm a top contender. I'm not going to say I'm going to be fighting Gray Maynard or Anthony Pettis right away for a #1 contender spot, but I'll probably be in the conversation, I would say."
-- Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner was on the verge of retirement before a recent run brought him right back into the thick of the UFC 155 pound division. "C-4" exploded all over Edson Barboza at UFC 146, handing the undefeated Brazilian prospect his first career defeat and announcing to the entire world that he was back in full force. Now, Varner is taking on the always-exciting Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4 this Saturday night (August 4, 2012) and he tell UFC.com that a victory over The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season five alum could put him firmly in the mix of lightweight title contenders. The WEC lightweights have fared pretty well thus far since making the transition, look no further than UFC 155 pound champion Ben Henderson or top contenders Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. Do you agree with Varner?