After losing out on an opportunity to fight for the title due to injury, as well as Frankie Edgar‘s decision to dive into the UFC’s featherweight pool, 24-year old Erik Koch will now look to cement status as #1 contender in a December 29 duel with Ricardo Lamas at UFC 155. Koch was initially scheduled to face Jose Aldo at UFC 153 before going down while training for the tilt.
MMAOpinion was first to report the New Year’s Eve weekend match-up. The show is headlined by heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos putting his belt up for grabs against Cain Velasquez with other interesting bouts including Alan Belcher-Yushin Okami, Chris Weidman-Tim Boetsch, and Joe Lauzon-Gray Maynard.
Koch is 13-1 thus far in his career with wins over Raphael Assuncao and Jonathan Brookins in his pair of Octagon appearances. Ten of his victories have involved some form of stoppage including seven wins by way of submission.
Lamas has also established himself as a threat to challenge for Aldo’s strap at some point after picking up a trio of consecutive triumphs in his most recent outings. He holds an overall record of 12-2 with success in the past against Bart Palaszewski, Cub Swanson, and Hatsu Hioki.
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