“I want to start my retribution tour,” Varner told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Cheap Seats” show. “I want to start fighting the guys that I’ve lost to. First would definitely be Joe Lauzon. I’d really like to fight Joe again.”
Lauzon defeated Varner via submission in the third round of their UFC on FOX scrap in Aug. 2012.
Varner is looking for a shot at redemption.
“I’m not going to take anything away from Joe,” Varner said. “Joe’s awesome and he had an amazing game plan for me. The fact that he broke me down so technically, to the littlest move, like my head position on my double leg, and was able to capitalize on it, that’s incredible. It speaks volumes about him as a fighter and as a technician. I definitely feel that if we were to fight again and I had a full training camp, I would win that fight. I think it would be different.”
Varner noted that he'll have to earn another fight against Donald Cerrone, a man who defeated him handily in the WEC ranks in 2010.
“I have to earn that fight with Donald, but I think with Lauzon, that would be a fight that I could arguably fight right away,” Varner said. “It could be my next fight.”
Moving forward, Varner hopes to avoid any unnecessary drama. He wants to show off his tactical skills inside the octagon, and not let emotions play into his gameplan.
“Melvin knew it wasn’t my decision not to fight. It wasn’t,” Varner said. “Joe Silva came into the bathroom when I was puking my brains out and told me that the fight was not going to happen. … It was Keith Kizer and Joe Silva that came into the bathroom and were like, ‘No, you’re done.’ That wasn’t my decision. The fact that [Guillard] turned it into a whole circus and got all emotional and got in my face, I don’t play that game no more. I got involved in that drama with Donald Cerrone, and that second fight with Donald, I fought out of pure emotion. I didn’t fight with any sort of tactical skill or anything. I just went out there and I fought him and he got the best of me.”