Ricardo Lamas is quickly running out of time to have a new opponent booked for the July 6th, UFC 162 card, when he was supposed to fight Chan Sung Jung. While Lamas fans may not be thrilled about the fact the UFC went with “The Korean Zombie”, rather than “The Bully” as a replacement for the injured Anthony Pettis, the good news is they intend to pay the featherweight his show money, regardless of what happens.
“I’m going to pay him his show money for July 6. We’re still trying to get him a fight, but if we don’t, he’s going to get his show money no matter what.”
After news surfaced this week of the injury to Pettis, and that Jung had been tapped to fight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163 on August 3rd, Lamas tweeted that the move was a “minor setback” and that White had called him. While discussing the situation with reporters Saturday night, White reportedly noted about Lamas:
“You have two guys who both could’ve gotten this fight and Ricardo, unfortunately, I know is bummed out. And I told him, ‘You’re in that place that Chuck Liddell was in at one time. You’re in that place that Carlos Condit was in at one time. And you’re in that place that Johny Hendricks has been in. You will get yours. I promise you.'”
While most fans are probably and understandably pretty excited to see “TKZ” battle Aldo, Lamas has certainly worked his way into title shot consideration, by taking out contenders like Hatsu Hioki, Cub Swanson and Erik Koch. With many of the top featherweights booked for upcoming bouts, however, the UFC may have a tough time finding him an opponent for UFC 162 or the next couple of months. Nik Lentz isn’t currently booked for a fight?