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Jamie Varner steps in for Green, will face Trujillo at UFC 169

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This lightweight scrap set for superbowl weekend is going to be a bang fest.
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Bobby Green stepped in for an injured Jamie Varner earlier this month. Now, the roles will be reversed.

Varner will meet Abel Trujillo in a lightweight bout at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J., after Green had to withdraw from the Feb. 1 bout with an injury, the UFC announced Tuesday. Varner was expected to fight Pat Healy at FOX UFC Saturday on Dec. 14, but got hurt and Green filled in, earning a victor.

Trujillo (11-5, 1 NC) will have to adjust to a new opponent and that’s not something he’s used to – his last two fights both came against Roger Bowling. Trujillo hit Bowling with an illegal knee at UFC Fight Night in August and then beat him in a rematch at FOX UFC Saturday on Dec. 14. The 30-year-old, who trains with the Blackzilians, is now 2-1 with a no contest in the UFC, the lone loss coming to contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Varner (21-8-1, 2 NC) is in the midst of somewhat of a career resurgence. After being away from Zuffa for two years, the former WEC lightweight champion is 2-2 in the UFC with wins over Melvin Guillard and Edson Barboza. The latter was one of the biggest upsets of 2012. The 29-year-old from Arizona is coming off a loss to Gleison Tibau at UFC 164 in August.

UFC 169, which will take place Super Bowl weekend, is headlined by a pair of title fights. Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao will unify the UFC bantamweight title in the main event, while Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas in the co-feature.
 

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