Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
It looks like Hatsu Hioki won't be facing Jose Aldo anytime soon. The Japanese fighter, currently ranked at number 2 at featherweight in the USA Today/SB Nation Consensus Rankings, will instead get against a tough opponent who is undefeated in the UFC on June 22nd. FoxSports.com has the news:
"Two of the top featherweights in the world, Hatsu Hioki and Ricardo Lamas, will battle it out June 22 on the UFC on FX card in Atlantic City," White told FOXSports.com.
Dana also gave a good explanation for the fight in the article:
"Many pegged Hioki as the next possible challenger for Jose Aldo's title, but he wants one more test before going for the belt," White said. "In his way is Lamas, who has proven to be a tough competitor for anyone to deal with, especially since moving down to featherweight and finishing both opponents at 145 pounds. Both guys have verbally agreed to the match."
Hioki is 2-0 in the UFC, with a split decision win over George Roop at UFC 137 and a thorough dismantling of Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144 that he won by unanimous decision. Lamas is 2-0 in the UFC as well, with a TKO win over Matt Grice and a submission victory over Cub Swanson. Lamas had a long run at lightweight in the WEC, where he went 4-2.
The bout will be on the main card.