Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
A potential #1 contender fight is set for a dynamite ending to 2012, as featherweights Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas have agreed to battle at UFC 155 in Las Vegas.
The UFC doesn't have another event for three weeks, so for the time being they're rolling out a laundry list of scheduled fights, including a key featherweight matchup this December. Erik Koch, who has twice been unable to fight Jose Aldo for the title, faces off against rising contender Ricardo Lamas at UFC 155 in Las Vegas. News of this fight was reported by MMA Opinion:
It looks like Ricardo Lamas vs Erik "New Breed" Koch has been agreed for UFC 155.— MMA Opinion (@MMA_Opinion) October 20, 2012
Koch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was scheduled to fight the champion Aldo at UFC 149, but an injury to Aldo meant Koch had to wait a little longer. When they remade the fight for UFC 153, it was once again called off when Koch injured his knee, and Aldo ended up in a motorcycle accident a few weeks later. He hasn't fought since defeating Jonathan Brookins in September 2010 in a dull decision.
Lamas (12-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) spent his pre-UFC career at lightweight, and his last fight at 155 lbs was a KO loss to Yuri Alcantara at WEC 53. He has since found a new home at featherweight, stopping Matt Grice and Cub Swanson and most recently upsetting Hatsu Hioki in June. Lamas has flown under the radar because ... well ... he has not been on the main card of any WEC or UFC fight since Danny Castillo TKOed him in August 2009. This 7 fight streak of being on the prelims may not even be snapped this December, given the stacked nature of UFC 155.