Ricardo Lamas Pulled From UFC 162 in Wake of ‘Korean Zombie’ Title Shot
will not compete at UFC
UFC officials announced the featherweight’s removal from the July 6
bill on Tuesday during “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV. Lamas was expected
to meet Chan Sung
Jung at the event in a pivotal featherweight pairing but was
left without an opponent after “The Korean Zombie” was selected to
replace an injured Anthony
Pettis in a UFC 163 title bid against Jose Aldo.
As a result, a middleweight confrontation between Mark Munoz
Boetsch has been promoted to the UFC 162 main card, which airs
live on pay-per-view from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The
evening’s main card is headlined by a middleweight title tilt
pitting longtime champion Anderson
Silva against unbeaten challenger Chris
Weidman and will also see ex-lightweight king Frankie
Edgar take on Charles
Oliveira at 145 pounds.
Lamas, 31, has won four-straight fights since joining the UFC in
2011, kicking off his Octagon career with finishes of Matt Grice
Swanson. “The Bully” then outpointed former Sengoku champion
Hioki in his lone appearance of 2012 before returning to the
cage this past January, when he brutally stopped Erik Koch with
second-round elbows at UFC on Fox 6.
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