Ricardo Lamas pulled from UFC 162, Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch promoted to PPV main card

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Unable to find a replacement opponent for Ricardo Lamas, the UFC has removed the featherweight contender from the July 6th PPV.

As exciting as the new matchup of Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung is, it did leave Ricardo Lamas without his originally scheduled opponent at UFC 162. While Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, and Dennis Siver were also competing on the card, none of those fighters will be slotted in to replace Korean Zombie. Instead, Lamas will not be fighting at UFC 162 (but will be paid his show money) per Ariel Helwani:

It's an unfortunate situation for Lamas, who earlier this year recorded an impressive TKO win over Erik Koch at UFC on Fox 6. He's undefeated at featherweight (4-0) and one of those wins came against Cub Swanson in 2011, so you would think he has one of the better cases for a direct title shot against the Aldo/Korean Zombie winner.

With Lamas off the main card, a preliminary card fight between Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch has been promoted to the PPV broadcast.

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