One of the most important bouts in the featherweight division is set to go down at UFC 169 between Ricardo Lamas and Jose Aldo. Aldo is one of the most dominant champions in any division in the UFC. He makes good fighters look bad, and he’s got brilliant takedown defense matched with some superb striking.
So, does anyone have a chance at dethroning Aldo any time soon? Enter Lamas, who has proven to be a force in the featherweight division, winning four straight bouts and in decisive fashion. Lamas is a very well-rounded fighter who has great wrestling and knockout power in his hands.
On paper, he has a great shot at getting the upset over Aldo. And like we have seen in the past, any man can be beaten inside the UFC — it’s just a matter of timing and how the styles match up. Thus far, Lamas has beaten some great competition in Erik Koch, Hatsu Hioki, Cub Swanson and Matt Grice. This is an impressive list, and Lamas is hoping to cap it off by beating one of the most dominant champions in the UFC.
The only question is the long layoff Lamas had due to an injury he suffered in camp. To answer the doubters, Lamas recently spoke to Ariel Helwani in an interview for MMA Fighting, saying that he has been active and that the layoff won’t be a factor. It’s going to be interesting to see whether or not this is true, but he certainly has the skills to remain competitive with Aldo, who hasn’t had the best performances in the latter rounds of his fights.
So, does Lamas pose a serious threat to the reign of Jose Aldo?