The buzz for the July 6th, UFC 162 is building as the card draws nearer, and while much of the hype is focused on the headliner between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, fans should be pretty stoked to see Ricardo Lamas take on Chang Sung Jung. Not only are both men well rounded and skilled fighters, but the featherweight tilt could determine who challenges the winner of the August 3rd, Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis tilt.
While most fans are understandably excited to see how Pettis does against the reigning champ, the former lightweight’s transition into an immediate title shot didn’t sit well with everybody. Lamas has already gone on record stating that he was “pissed “ about the booking, and now Jung has relayed a similar sentiment to BJ Penn.com.
“I disagree with the choice. It’s not as though I feel like I should be the one fighting Aldo, either. It’s just that Pettis hasn’t really earned a place in the division yet. I think that Lamas, myself or even some other guys should’ve gotten the title shot before Pettis.”
When asked if he had similar thoughts about Frankie Edgar being tapped to fight Aldo, despite not having fought at 145, “The Korean Zombie” stated (which is still the coolest nickname in MMA):
“Not exactly. That situation was a little different. Originally, Edgar wasn’t given an immediate title shot at featherweight. He was supposed to have a fight before Aldo, but Koch got injured, Mendes had just lost to Aldo, there weren’t a lot of choices at that point, so Edgar wasn’t a bad choice in those circumstances.”
As far as Lamas, the 26 year-old Jung credited his next opponent for not having any “real weaknesses” in his game, but added that he believes he’s the better fighter standing or on the ground. Jung is coming off consecutive wins over Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier, while Lamas has taken out Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch in his last four bouts. That fight, ladies and gentleman, should be fantastic.
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