Varner will step in for the injured Terry Etim
and face Joe Lauzon at
on Fox 4.
Promotion officials announced the new lightweight pairing on
Wednesday evening after Etim withdrew from the bout. The
UFC’s fourth Fox show takes place at the Staples Center in Los
Angeles on Aug. 4 and is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown
between Mauricio Rua
Vera. The card also features another 205-pound tilt, as
Machida squares off with Ryan
Varner made an impressive return to the Octagon on May 26, scoring
a first-round knockout of the previously unbeaten Edson
Barboza at UFC
146. It was Varner’s first UFC bout since a 2007 submission
triumph over Jason
Gilliam. A former
WEC Drew Fickett
prior to his upset of Barboza.
Lauzon was last in action at UFC
144, where he had a two-fight winning streak halted by Anthony
Pettis. The 28-year-old Massachusetts native had submitted
Warburton and Melvin
Guillard in his previous two Octagon appearances..