Two top-10 featherweights appear to be on a collision course for UFC 180 in Mexico City. According to the latest edition of UFC Tonight, the promotion is considering a potential matchup between Dennis Bermudez and Ricardo Lamas for the Nov. 15 event. It would be an outstanding matchup between the division’s hottest contender and a former title challenger.
Bermudez has been on a remarkable run since a loss to Diego Brandao in the Season 14 Finale of The Ultimate Fighter. “The Menace” has been just that for his opposition, reeling off seven consecutive victories. His most recent effort was a dominant second-round submission triumph over seasoned veteran Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose. It was one of the best performances of his career.
He’s secured back-to-back finishes and is currently at the top of his game. Bermudez has a strong wrestling background and powerful striking, and his string of success has elevated him to a no. 7 ranking.
Lamas rebounded from his disappointing title defeat against Jose Aldo by earning a unanimous decision victory over Hacran Dias at Fight Night 44 in San Antonio. “The Bully” went back to his wrestling roots to secure a grinding victory over the Brazilian after suffering a broken thumb in the first round.
The no. 4-ranked Lamas owns a notable submission victory over Cub Swanson, and put in a respectable effort at UFC 169 against the immensely talented Aldo. Lamas has seven finishes by knockout or submission in his 14 career wins.
This shapes up as a very meaningful matchup in the 145-pound landscape if it comes to fruition. Bermudez is looking to continue his impressive push into title contention, while Lamas is hoping to prove to top brass that he remains a legitimate title threat. Both men come to fight, which would make for a solid affair for the UFC’s initial foray into Mexico.
The event is headlined by the heavyweight title clash between champion Cain Velasquez and no. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports