A huge match-up in the featherweight division is in discussion for UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico, as #4 ranked Ricardo Lamas looks set to face #7 ranked Dennis Bermudez. The news was first reported on UFC Tonight, with Lamas said to be interested in the match-up.
Ricardo Lamas, dubbed ‘The Bully’, fought for the title earlier this year, falling to champion Jose Aldo via decision. Despite the dominance of the champion, Lamas was able to win the fifth round and showed that he can compete with the best in the division. The 32 year-old, whose father is Cuban and mother is Mexican, has voiced his interest in fighting on the UFC’s debut card in Mexico, and a bout with a fellow top ranked 145-pounder would be ideal.
In his most recent bout, Lamas scraped past Hacran Dias in a fun three-round fight, taking his overall UFC record to 5-1. With wins over #2 ranked Cub Swanson and former top ranked contenders Erik Koch and Hatsu Hioki, Lamas will continue his road back to the top if he can get past a man with tons of momentum in Dennis Bermudez.
‘The Menace’ shares an identical professional record to Lamas of 14-3, and is currently on an incredible seven fight winning streak, the third highest active streak in the UFC today behind middleweight champion Chris Weidman and light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones.
The TUF 14 runner-up has improved with every contest inside the Octagon, most recently defeating #12 ranked veteran Clay Guida via second round submission. Bermudez also holds wins over Max Holloway, Steven Siler and Jim Hettes, though a win over the man ranked #4 in the world could result in a title shot in 2015.
With Chad Mendes set to fight Jose Aldo next, and the likes of Cub Swanson, Frankie Edgar, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor all in the mix, a win is not enough in the featherweight division, and a statement is needed to emerge from a plethora of top talent.
UFC 180 is headlined by the UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez facing Fabricio Werdum at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico on November 15. The bout between Bermudez and Lamas is still in preliminary talks, with more details expected to emerge in a matter of days.