After an unsuccessful shot at Jose Aldo’s featherweight title, Ricardo Lamas will look to climb his way back up a long ladder of contenders when he meets Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 44. The San Antonio card will be hosted at AT&T Centre on June 28, headlined by fellow featherweight contenders Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens fighting in a pivotal 145lbs clash.
Though Lamas was outclassed by the champion Aldo, he fought a solid fight at UFC 169 and even won the final round against the dominant champ. Ranked #3 in a stacked division and 4-1 inside the Octagon, Lamas has earned a reputation for being a tough fight for any opponent, and Hacran Dias will have to fight at the best of his ability to get past ‘The Bully’. With wins over Cub Swanson and Erik Koch, to name just a few, Lamas could be just a string of two or three wins away from title contention, and that road starts with the Brazilian, Dias.
Hacran Dias recently had a nine fight win streak snapped by #9 ranked Nik Lentz, but he impressed in his UFC debut with a win over Iuri Alcantara. Dias hasn’t fought in almost a year and will look to rebound from his second career loss, but at 29 years old he has plenty of time to make a run at the title. In a weight class where simply winning isn’t enough, Dias will hope to make a statement against one of the best fighters in the featherweight division.
Lamas vs. Dias bout should be a main card instalment, though UFC officials are yet to confirm where it will slot into the order.