It didn’t take long for the UFC to find a replacement for Terry Etim after news surfaced earlier this week regarding the Brit’s removal from an August 4 match-up with Joe Lauzon due to injury. According to an official announcement from Zuffa brass, Jamie Varner agreed to step up and fill in for Etim in the UFC on FOX 4 fight.
Combined Varner and Lauzon have stopped 39 of the 41 total opponents they’ve beaten.
Varner made a triumphant return to the Octagon last month against highly-touted Brazilian Edson Barboza, a bout he also took on short notice. The win improved the former WEC champion’s overall record to 20-6-1 and was his fourth first-round finish in his last five fights.
Lauzon himself is coming off an opening round loss, suffering a knockout to Anthony Pettis this past February. The stumble snapped a two-fight winning streak for the 28-year old who also holds past instances of success against the likes of Jens Pulver, Jeremy Stephens, and Melvin Guillard.
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