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British lightweight Warburton gets huge Lauzon test

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Curt Warburton defeated Maciej Jewtuszko at UFC 127 © Getty Images
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English lightweight Curt Warburton has been handed easily the biggest test of his UFC career against Joe Lauzon at UFC Live, ESPN can exclusively confirm.

Warburton, who trains with Michael Bisping at the Wolf's Lair, has been officially slated to meet Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Lauzon on June 26. The potentially explosive 155lb bout will form part of the UFC Live card scheduled for Pittsburgh.

The last outing in Warburton's embryonic UFC career, which is only two fights old, saw him defeat tough Polish rival Maciej Jewtuszko via unanimous decision. The Brit previously lost on debut to Spencer Fisher at UFC 120, having troubled the UFC veteran for the majority of the opening stanza.

Lauzon is serious company to be keeping in the lightweight division though; the American holds victories over Jens Pulver and Jeremy Stephens to his name, chalking up three Submission of the Night and three Fight of the Night awards in nine UFC bouts.

"I just got off the phone to my manager, and I accepted the fight immediately," Warburton told ESPN. "I'm happy to stand and have a war with him, I have a lot of respect for him, it's a big step up for me, but I'm definitely ready for it.

"After I smash him up, maybe people will start paying attention to me."

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