Although Ricardo Lamas hasn’t competed since January, when he put away Erik Koch in highlight reel fashion at UFC on FOX 6, the featherweight contender is apparently willing to go a year without fighting, if it means a title shot comes next.
Since Jose Aldo extended his reign as featherweight champion at UFC 163, by defeating Chan Sung Jung, the debate has begun as to who will fight the P4P contender next. Aldo broke his foot during the August 3rd bout, however, so the champ likely won’t compete again until 2014. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, Lamas revealed that despite the lengthy layoff he would incur, he’s willing to wait for Aldo.
“I definitely believe I’m next in line,” Lamas said. “If the UFC can guarantee me a title shot I will wait for it.”
“I don’t care where the fight is, I just want the opportunity.”
Of course, the question is whether the UFC is willing to go that route. Or, if they’ll want Lamas to fight another top contender first, so that whoever fights Aldo next has plenty of promotional push behind them. Apparently Lamas has relayed to Ariel Helwani of “UFC Tonight” that he isn’t interested in fighting Cub Swanson again, since he’s already defeated the surging featherweight. Swanson is of course also in the title shot mix, due to a five fight winning streak that includes four stoppage wins.
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