Jamie Varner WEC 46Five years after his last appearance in the UFC, Jamie Varner is getting the call back. He will face Edson Barboza at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas, replacing an injured Evan Dunham.

Sources close to the match-up confirmed the new fight with MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. UFC officials also confirmed the fight late Tuesday evening.

Following a brief stint in the UFC, Varner exited the promotion and moved over to the fledgling WEC organization, where he soon became lightweight champion. Varner twice defended his belt before losing the strap to now current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Since that time, Varner has bounced around several regional promotions and most recently has picked up back-to-back wins in the XFC, defeating Drew Fickett and Nate Jolly, both in the first round.

Now Varner will get a return trip to the UFC with no easy task in front of him as he faces rising star Edson Barboza at UFC 146 in May.

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