Ricardo Lamas made an impressive statement tonight in the featherweight division, stopping Erik Koch via elbows in the second round. What a sensational performance from Lamas. In the first round, both fighters were tentative to exchange. Lamas would look to clinch up against the cage with Koch, and Koch would try to land punches after they separated.
The second started off much like the first, where Koch would try to establish his range. However, Lamas would push Koch back and would try to dictate the pace. Lamas would slip and Koch would try to take advantage, but made a calculated error and was put on his back. From there, Lamas would land some brutal elbows, forcing the ref to step in over a bloodied Erik Koch.
Ricardo Lamas is now 13-2 in his career, and he has compiled quite an impressive list. Now on a four fight winning streak, Lamas has put his name in the hat to challenge for the featherweight belt. First, Jose Aldo will have to defend that belt against Frankie Edgar. This win for Lamas should give him the next featherweight shot, beating the likes of Hioki, Swanson, Grice, and now Koch.
In terms of a stylistic match up against Aldo, Lamas presents a formidable challenge. He has exceptional take downs and is relentless when he feels he has the strength advantage. Also, his stand up is coming along quite nicely, which can be seen with his impressive win over Matt Grice. Congrats to Lamas as he put on an impressive performance against a top contender in Erik Koch.