Jamie Varner gets a chance to get his career back on the right path at UFC 169. Varner is getting the opportunity to square off against Abel Trujillo on February 1 after Bobby Green’s withdrawal from the event. Varner, was most recently scheduled to fight at UFC on FOX 9 against Pat Healy, but was forced off the December 14 card in Sacramento because of an injury. The veteran is ready to return against a very dangerous opponent.
“Killa” made the most of his rematch against Roger Bowling in Sacramento by recording a dominant second-round stoppage. It was sweet revenge for Trujillo after their previous meeting was declared a controversial no-contest because of an illegal knee strike. Trujillo used his tremendous striking game to bloody Bowling and battered him throughout the contest until it was mercifully stopped in the second round.
Trujillo has 11 career victories with seven finishes and is looking to keep up the positive momentum against a strong and highly experienced opponent in Varner.
“C-4”, who dropped a split decision to Gleison Tibau in his last fight at UFC 164, is just 2-2 since making his return to the promotion but has a tendency to be involved in exciting contests. Varner looked impressive in handing the dynamic Edson Barboza his only career loss in a huge first-round upset at UFC 146, and also holds a victory over the heavy-handed Melvin Guillard.
He’s definitely been in with the upper-echelon competition during a fight career that has spanned 32 fights. The former WEC lightweight champion has 18 of his 21 career wins by either knockout or submission and has never been stopped by strikes in his career. Varner’s tough and durable, two traits he will need to employ against a brutal finisher in Trujillo.
This matchup has all the makings to be a thrilling contest. Varner will be looking for an important bounce-back victory against an opponent who has shown tremendous explosiveness and is looking to continue his push up the ladder. While Green-Trujillo was an exciting original matchup for the UFC’s Super Bowl weekend event in New Jersey, inserting Varner into the picture against Trujillo is still a great way to kick off the PPV’s main card.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports