“In the end, I’m glad it’s Jamie Varner,” noted Lauzon. “He’s a good name, big name, who is coming off a huge win. He’s definitely got more of a cookie cutter style. Good boxing, good wrestling, but nothing out of the box that you have to plan for….Going to a style that I’m more used to and is more common, is a pretty good thing.”
In addition to their differences stylistically, as Lauzon cited, the 5’8 tall Varner is much shorter than the 6’1 tall Etim.
“With Terry I would have had to deal with a huge difference in reach,” said Lauzon. “Terry’s much, much taller than me and I think I actually have a bit of a reach advantage on Jamie now. I think that Jamie’s hands are better than Terry’s, but with Terry, not only is he long but he likes to kick a lot too.”
Although Lauzon credited Varner’s wrestling abilities, the former TUF competitor believes his submission skills could be the deciding factor in the upcoming bout.
“I’ve worked really hard on my boxing but I’m always going to be more comfortable on the ground. That’s just the way it is,” said Lauzon, who of his eight Octagon wins has recorded six by submission. “Am I confident that I can catch him in a submission? Yes. I think Jamie is very hot and cold. Sometimes he comes out like a ball of fire and sometimes not so much.”
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