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Joe Lauzon Wont Make The Same Mistake As Barboza And Allow Varner To Make A Name Off Him | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
Joe Lauzon comments in an interview with Yahoo Sports.

Lauzon was originally set to face the Brit Terry Etim however Etim withdrew from the bout due to injury and was replaced by Jamie Varner.

At UFC 146 back in May Varner stepped in to face the highly touted Edson Barboza in place of the injured Evan Dunham on short notice. Varner upset the odds and finished Barboza in the first round however Lauzon has no plans to make the mistake Barboza did and allow the former WEC Champion to make a name off him.

“It is much easier for me to have better training partners to prepare for [Jamie Varner] than for Etim, who is long, rangy, and an awkward striker. It was hard to find guys to spar the same way as him, all herky jerky. But I have a bunch of guys at my gym who are 5’9, 5’10 and are good wrestlers and good boxers. Varner is a higher ranked guy, the former WEC champ and Barboza is a huge name to have a win over. Varner had a huge win where he stepped in on short notice. I don’t want him to make another name off of me.”

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