Could Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas Happen At UFC 169?
The UFC has said that they are discussing the possibility of featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title at their Super Bowl weekend event against Ricardo Lamas. President Dana White was quick to say that while they are talking about that fight, it is not a done deal and they “talk about a lot of things.”
Aldo has been recovering from a broken foot after making yet another successful title defense at UFC 163 in Brazil against Chan Sung Jung. Aldo has won 16 straight fights and has defended his belt on five occasions inside the Octagon. With Aldo beginning to run out of challenges in the 145 pound weight division, there has been a lot of talk about a possible SUPERFIGHT down the road against current lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Pettis and Aldo were actually supposed to meet at UFC 163 for the featherweight crown, but “Showtime” was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Pettis obviously still wants a piece of the talented Brazilian, as he called out Aldo after defeating Benson Henderson to become the new 155 pound kingpin. Pettis has business of his own to attend to in December when he makes his first title defense against Josh Thomson.
As for Lamas, he’s reeled off four straight victories, but has been missing in action since a scheduled fight at UFC 162 with “The Korean Zombie” was scrubbed. Jung was moved to UFC 163 as an injury replacement for Pettis, and Lamas was eventually pulled from the event altogether. “The Bully” hasn’t fought since January.
Lamas has been on a roll since making the move to featherweight, having defeated Erik Koch, Hatsu Hioki, Cub Swanson and Matt Grice. He’s wanted the Aldo fight for quite some time and could get his wish at UFC 169.
The UFC is still looking for a main event for their Super Bowl weekend card in New Jersey, after a previously announced fight for the light heavyweight title between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira was pushed back to at least March. The only fight currently booked for the event is a heavyweight matchup between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem. While there’s no guarantee that the Aldo-Lamas title bout will happen in February, it would definitely be a strong addition to the card.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports