Jamie Varner steps in for Green vs. Abel Trujillo at UFC 169

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UFC lightweights Abel Trujillo (11-5, 1 NC) and Bobby Green (22-5) were on tap to square off at UFC 169. But injury has forced Green to withdraw from the Feb. 1 fight and he will be replaced by Jamie Varner (21-8-1, 2 NC).

News of the booking for the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey was announced by UFC officials on Twitter.

On Dec. 14, Trujillo met Roger Bowling for a second time after their original pairing ended in a No Contest due to an illegal knee delivered by Trujillo. This time around, Trujillo dominated Bowling early, setting a relentless pace and never easing up. He finished Bowling in the second round via TKO. The win was much needed after Trujillo was decisioned by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 160 in a very one-sided defeat.

Interestingly enough, Jamie Varner was originally set to meet Pat Healy at UFC on FOX 9 in December. Instead, Green filled in for the injured Varner and took home a decision win. Varner last fought at UFC 164 and suffered a split decision loss to Gleison Tibau.

The Prudential Center in New Jersey will host UFC 169 which will be headlined by a bantamweight title unification bout between champion Dominick Cruz and interim champ Renan Barao.

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