To say Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas made a statement in his victory over Erik Koch would be a bit of an understatement.
Koch, who had been set to face Jose Aldo for the 145-pound title until an injury sidelined him from the fight, had been the favorite to win the match. However, Lamas would score an impressive second-round TKO over the former title contender. After his victory over Koch, Lamas made a case for a title shot against the winner of the Aldo and Frankie Edgar title fight at UFC 156.
UFC President Dana White would not say whether or not Lamas would be next in line for the belt, but he did mention he liked Lamas’ desire for a title fight.
Although Lamas is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, I don’t think he is quite ready for a title shot. In my opinion there is one fighter who should get the next crack at the champion and that is Chan-Sung Jung, also known as the “Korean Zombie.”
Jung is currently riding a three-fight winning streak with wins over former title contender Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier. The Korean Zombie has also gained a fan following due to his exciting performances and impressive finishes.
I could see this fight being almost even on the feet. If I were the Bully, I would want to keep the fight standing as Jung is most dangerous on the ground and both his twister on Leonard Garcia and his d’arce choke on Poirier have been the subject of highlight reels.
If Lamas wants to keep it standing, he is going to be in a war as Jung has gained a reputation of having one of the toughest chins in the UFC. The Bully’s best bet would be to try and grind out a decision the same way he did Hatsu Hioki back in June 2012.
Lamas may get the next title shot since the UFC has been seemingly giving championship matches to fighters who ask for them. Not that I am saying Lamas does not deserve it, but if he really wants to cement his place as the No. 1 contender, he needs to beat the Korean Zombie.
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