Ricardo Lamas, who improved his standing in the UFC’s featherweight division with a recent victory over Hatsu Hioki, informed Fight Club Chicago recently that he had signed to meet Frankie Edgar.

Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion, officially announced his desire to enter the 145-pound class. He made mention of a possible fight by the end of the year, and it appears that Lamas was set to be that opponent.

However, an injury to Erik Koch knocked Koch out of a title fight at UFC 153 with Jose Aldo. The UFC offered the slot to Edgar, and he accepted, leaving Lamas in the past.

The UFC offered me a fight with Edgar in December and we had accepted. We were waiting to hear back from Sean Shelby on Edgar’s side. We accepted and were waiting for confirmation before we could announce it.

Lamas (12-2) improved to 3-0 inside the Octagon with the win over Hioki, who was looked at as the top contender to Aldo. He has also earned stoppage victories over Cub Swanson and Matt Grice.