Ricardo Lamas admitted recently that he wasn’t doing cartwheels when the UFC gave Anthony Pettis the next crack at featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and now the rugged vet has been passed over again, in the wake of Pettis having to withdraw from UFC 163 due to injury. As you probably know, Chan Sung Jung will now fight Aldo on August 3rd, who is the man Lamas was supposed to fight at UFC 162.
Of course, there’s no doubting that “The Korean Zombie” is one of the division’s top 145’ers, and the fact he’s a ridiculously entertaining and popular fighter as well, is likely why most fans are pumped to see him fight Aldo. Lamas, however, is coming off big wins over men like Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and most recently Erik Koch (which was particularly violent and impressive). So, in other words, the promotion could also have tapped him for UFC 163.
Lamas hadn’t commented on the recent change-up until Saturday AM, when the 31 year-old posted:
Minor set back, still training hard waiting to hear what’s officially happening with my fight, thanks @danawhite for the personal phone call
So, if fans were expecting a tirade of epic proportions from Lamas, doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. It will be interesting to see who and if they can find him a replacement for UFC 162. Considering it takes place on July 6th, however, it might be tough.