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:
Report on @ufctonight: Lamas is officially off UFC 162, per UFC. He'll be paid his show money and is hoping to fight the winner of TKZ/Aldo.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 19, 2013
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.