Jamie Varner lost to Joe Lauzon last night in the night's Fight of the Night, on the main card of UFC on Fox 4.
Varner's striking looked very good early—especially his body punches and kicks—but as the fight went along, Varner began to fatigue and Lauzon took advantage and landed many sweeps, and was able to secure a triangle choke in the third round to pick up the victory.
Varner was on a huge high after defeating top-notch prospect, Edson Barboza, at UFC 146, but this will set him back just a tad.
So, what's next for the former WEC Lightweight Champion? Here are three possible opponents for Varner in his next Octagon appearance.
Ferguson won season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter and looked to be a nice addition to the UFC lightweight division, but he suffered his first UFC setback in May when he was defeated by Michael Johnson.
Ferguson, as well as Varner, will both be looking to get back in the mix with a big win, and a match-up between the two would make sense.
"Stripper" Ramsey picked up a nice victory in June over C.J. Keith and could look to keep momentum going in a potential match-up with Varner.
Nijem was the runner-up on season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter when he was defeated by Ferguson, but with Nijem coming off the win, he may be the one who finds himself matched up with Varner next.
This fight would've been a lot more anticipated back in 2008, but both Varner and Gomi are still a lot of fun to watch, and a fight today would be just as exciting.
Takanori Gomi hasn't fought since his knockout victory over Eiji Mitsuoka at UFC 144.
Gomi is known for his chin and his ability to take punches; as Gomi has never been finished by strikes in his UFC career. Varner has also never been knocked out, so a possible matchup between two of the best chins in the lightweight division who like to throw should definitely excite you.