UFC 169: Jamie Varner Replaces Bobby Green, Faces Abel Trujillo

Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2014

Aug 31, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Jamie Varner(top) fights Gleison Tibau during the UFC-164 bout at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Jamie Varner is a mixed martial arts journeyman. 

From WEC champ to forgotten veteran, the UFC lightweight has been through a lot in his 10-year career.

After an announcement Tuesday morning, originally reported by MMA Fighting, it looks like Varner will add to that elusive resume by stepping in for Bobby Green opposite red-hot Abel Trujillo.

UFC officials did not elaborate on the undisclosed reasons as to why Green won't be fighting on Feb. 1 as part of the UFC's Super Bowl blowout.

In any case, Varner now gets the nod against one of the more physically strong fighters in the division.  Blessed with devastating punching power, solid submissions and an elastic chin, Trujillo is as dangerous as they come.

December 14, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Abel Trujillo (red gloves) fights Roger Bowling (blue gloves) during the lightweight bout of the UFC on FOX 9 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Coming off a recent victory over the formidable Roger Bowling early last month, "Killa" will attempt to prolong his divisional momentum for 2014.

Varner on the other hand is more than likely on the last legs of any sort of title run.  He's posted a pedestrian 2-2 UFC record since making his return last year and just lost a split decision to veteran Gleison Tibau back in August.

That means the 29-year-old will be more motivated than ever to disgrace the potential of a promising top prospect, sort of what he did when he leveled Edson Barboza back at UFC 146.

While Green vs. Trujillo was sure to thrill, Varner should step in nicely and start UFC 169's main card off with a lightweight bang.

 

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