UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas is easily deserving of a crack at champion Jose Aldo based on his recent run of victories. After all, the 13-2 “Bully” has taken out his last four foes including contenders Hatsu Hioki, Cub Swanson, and Erik Koch. However, he is instead set to square off against Chan Sung Jung at UFC 162 based on the organization’s decision to give Anthony Pettis top priority.
Lamas recently spoke to MMAJunkie about the situation where he admitted he was initially angry about being bypassed by Pettis, a lightweight dropping down to 145 pounds, but quickly moved on given his belief a victory over “The Korean Zombie” will secure him a grab at the gold.
“It was the only fight I wanted and the only fight I would’ve taken because the UFC holds him in high regard. I think he’s the last guy I’m going to have to go through before I hopefully solidify a title shot.”
“I think I’ve got to go out there and finish this fight. I think I have to finish the ‘Zombie’ and put him away.”
He also wants Aldo to beat Pettis, though not out of any resentment he feels but rather his desire to be the first man to take out the dynamic Brazilian.
“I’ve thought about that, and being the guy to beat Aldo would be the best. He’s one of the best champs of all of them, and such a dominating athlete, and I’d love to be able to beat him. So if Pettis does it before me, I’d be a little disappointed. But as long as I get the chance to fight Pettis for the belt if he wins, then I’ll be happy.”
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