Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas being considered for UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend

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UFC president Dana White is weighing his options for the main event of UFC 169 this coming February, and Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas looks like one of the possibilities.

The UFC "jumped the gun" on announcing Jon Jones/Glover Teixeira as the headliner for UFC 169 in Newark, New Jersey, so as it stands only Frank Mir/Alistair Overeem is set for the Super Bowl weekend show. In an interview with Fox Sports, Dana White discussed one of the potential fights for the card, including a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas:

"We're talking about that Super Bowl weekend," White said. "It's not done yet. We're talking about it, we talk about a lot of things."

White insisted that the fight has not been made yet because there are still some internal discussions happening about both the upcoming Super Bowl weekend card as well as Aldo's next opponent, but Lamas appears to be the leading candidate.

Aldo (23-1) won by 4th round TKO over Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163, although the finish was largely created by Jung blowing out his shoulder throwing a punch, and seconds later Aldo sprung into action and won the bout through ground strikes to the Korean Zombie. Aldo was up 30-27 on all three scorecards, so barring a miracle or a 10-8 round he was on his way to victory regardless of the unfortunate injury. Both men suffered other various physical ailments, with Aldo in particular breaking his foot in the opening round.

Lamas (13-2) is undefeated at featherweight, with stoppage wins over Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Erik Koch, and a decision win over Hatsu Hioki. He hasn't fought since stopping Koch with elbows at UFC on Fox 6 in January, and he was pulled from the UFC 162 main card when Jung replaced Anthony Pettis against Aldo in August. If Lamas does get the title shot, he'll have gone 13 months in between fights.

Obviously this is just being "talked about" at the moment, but options for a title fight main event are incredibly thin for UFC 169. Flyweight, lightweight, welterweight, heavyweight, and women's bantamweight all have title fights scheduled through the end of 2013, so aside from Aldo/Lamas you'd be looking at an outside shot of the Cain Velasquez/Junior dos Santos winner fighting in February, or Renan Barao vs. Dominick Cruz (assuming Cruz is actually ready).

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