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Varner replaces Etim for Lauzon fight

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Terry Etim will have to wait to get his defeat to Edson Barboza out of his system © Getty Images
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Terry Etim has pulled out of his eagerly-awaited fight with Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4 on account of injury. Jamie Varner has been assigned to step in.

Etim was aiming to get his career back on track following his loss to Edson Barboza but an undisclosed injury has lead to him withdrawing from the lightweight meeting.

Lauzon, who also suffered defeat in his last outing - at the hands of Anthony Pettis at UFC 144, will now meet Varner, who made headlines upon his return to the UFC by stopping Barboza. The fight takes place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 4.

News of Etim's injury comes as a further blow after Brian Stann was forced out of his scheduled fight with former Bellator middleweight king Hector Lombard.

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