UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas was lined up to collide with Chan Sung Jung before “The Korean Zombie” was called upon to compete against champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163 after the title-holder’s original opponent went down with an injury. While the situation would disappoint most fighters in Lamas’ shoes, “The Bully” had it much worse in that he was arguably more deserving of the opportunity than Jung.
With Aldo suffering a broken foot in his TKO win over Jung, as well as entertaining the idea of a run at lightweight, Lamas is in an unenviable position where he’s unsure of his next move. He recently spoke to MMAJunkie about the matter, saying he’ll wait for Aldo if offered the bout but will be far from pleased if he isn’t next in line for the belt.
“I’d be steamed, but it’s happened twice already,” said Lamas on the notion of being passed over. “If they make me fight someone else, I feel bad for whoever they put in front of me.”
Lamas also admitted it was tough seeing Jung fight and flounder for the most part.
“Seeing the guy I was going to fight up there fighting the champ, it sucks. I thought it should’ve been me up there. I was sitting in my chair at the bar doing head movements, fighting some invisible opponent,” the 31-year old explained.
In conclusion, Lamas stated he expects to talk to UFC officials this week and hopes to have a better understanding of what’s to come after the conversation. He holds an overall record of 13-3 and is currently on a four-fight winning streak including success against Erik Koch, Hatsu Hioki, and Cub Swanson.