With just over two weeks to go before fight night, featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas does have a new opponent to face at UFC on FOX 26. Following an initial report from Farah Hannoun, MMA Fighting confirmed that Lamas will take on Josh Emmett on December 16th.
Lamas (18-5) was originally scheduled to rematch Jose Aldo in the night’s co-main event, but Aldo has since been switched to this weekend’s UFC 218, where he’s filling in for the injured Frankie Edgar against reigning champion Max Holloway. Currently #3 in the UFC’s official rankings, Lamas is coming off consecutive wins over Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight. His most recent defeat was by unanimous decision to Holloway at UFC 199.
Emmett (12-1) has spent much of his career at lightweight, but returned to featherweight in his most recent outing back in October, when he knocked Felipe Arantes down four times on his way to a unanimous decision win. The Californian holds a 3-1 record inside the Octagon, with his only defeat coming by split decision to Desmond Green at UFC 210. Taking on a perennial contender in Lamas makes this by far the most important fight of his relatively short career.