It’s been over two months now since Jose Aldo took out “The Korean Zombie” at UFC 163 to defend his featherweight title, and it remains to be seen who the P4P contender will fight next. Of course, there was talk that Aldo might throw down with Anthony Pettis next, but that was before the newly crowned lightweight champ was booked to fight Josh Thomson.
Not long ago, Aldo relayed that Ricardo Lamas deserves the next shot at his belt, and not surprisingly “The Bully’s” coach agrees. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here’s what Daniel Valverde had to say about Lamas’s title shot prospects.
“We are waiting for a title fight,” Valverde said. “Ricardo is the only option to fight Aldo now. Chad Mendes already fought him and lost, and already has a fight coming up (vs. Nik Lentz, at UFC on FOX 9). The other option would be Cub Swanson, but Ricardo submitted him three fights ago. I believe Ricardo is the only option to fight for the title right now.”
“He’s in Chicago, but he’s coming to Miami now to start training,” he said. “We hope he fights Jose Aldo in February, but there’s nothing official yet. That’s what we expect. If this fight is really going to happen, it will probably happen in February.”
Valverde certainly makes some good points, but if Aldo isn’t ready to return in early 2014 (he broke his foot at UFC 163), the UFC might book Aldo for another bout. The featherweight hasn’t fought now since January, 2013, when he bombed out Erik Koch.
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