You could make the case that the recent run of Ricardo Lamas has gone unnoticed by some fans, but if the Illinois featherweight isn’t a household name yet in MMA, he could be after July 6th. The reason being is that Lamas will take on Chang Sung Jung–or “The Korean Zombie”–on that date at UFC 162, and the winner could very well earn a title shot.
Of course, after Lamas battered Erik Koch into a bloody mess at UFC on FOX 6 in January, many pundits believed he’d be the next man to challenge champion Jose Aldo. Former lightweight star and WEC champ Anthony Pettis announced he was interested in facing Aldo, however, and that bout got booked for August 3rd. Lamas recently admitted to MMA Junkie.com that at the time, he understandably wasn’t too thrilled about the announcement.
“It was something I was pretty pissed off about for about a day. I’m not mad at him or anything – he went through his own things at lightweight. He was promised a title shot a couple times and had it taken away. So I understand he was just looking out for himself and his career. I wish they would’ve given it to me, though.”
Lamas has moved his way up the featherweight ranks by scoring consecutive wins over Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and the aforementioned Koch. So, if he can earn an impressive win over Jung, who is also one of the planet’s best featherweights, Lamas could be in line to face the winner of Aldo-Pettis.
“I think I’ve got to go out there and finish this fight,” Lamas said. “I think I have to finish the ‘Zombie’ and put him away.”
While most people are understandably pumped about the UFC 162 headliner between middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, Lamas-Jung could steal the show.
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