The list of possible opponents for UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo’s next fight was reduced by one after the UFC revealed Hatsu Hioki will face Ricardo Lamas on June 22 as part of the UFC on FX 4 lineup. Hioki is seen by many as the #2 145-pounder in the world behind Aldo, though the Japanese grappler himself had previously stated he wanted one more warm-up fight before taking a test as stiff as the one Aldo issues each time he steps into the cage.
UFC on FX 4 is set for Atlantic City, New Jersey and is headlined by a bout between top lightweights Gray Maynard-Clay Guida.
Hioki is currently on a six-fight winning streak including a pair of decisions inside the Octagon, the most recent of which came in February against Bart Palaszewski. He holds an overall record of 26-4-2 including twelve instances of success by way of submission and victories over Jeff Curran, Ronnie Mann, Marlon Sandro, and Mark Hominick.
The 11-2 Lamas may not have Hioki’s hype but is a competent competitor nonetheless, going 2-0 inside the Octagon with a pair of stoppages since coming over to the UFC from WEC.
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