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Barnburner Alert: Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung Booked for UFC 162 in a Battle of Top Contenders

(“Don’t worry, Leonard, if this doesn’t fix your aching back, it will probably just break it.” Photo courtesy of Getty Images.)

Two featherweights who have long since punched their tickets to a title shot are set to face off at UFC 162. Of course, now that Jose Aldo is fighting #1 lightweight contender Anthony Pettis and receiving a lightweight title shot if he is successful, we should probably assume that both the winner and loser of this fight will be sitting in title shot purgatory for at least a few months. So hooray for that.

That being the case, we should still prepare for one epic clash when top featherweight contenders Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas meet at UFC 162, which transpires at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 6th.

We haven’t seen Jung in action since he submitted fellow top contender Dustin Poirier in a Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Fight of the Year-earning performance back at UFC on FUEL 3 last May, as he was forced to undergo shoulder surgery shortly thereafter. Lamas, on the other hand, has been picking off contenders ever since entering the UFC. With victories over Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki, and most recently one-time title hopeful Erik Koch at UFC on Fox 6, it would be almost impossible to claim that Lamas hasn’t earned his shot should he best the South Korean.

Who do you like for this one, Potato Nation?

After the jump: Some highlights from Jung and Poirier’s FOTY scrap, as well as Lamas’ destruction of Koch.

Jung/Poirier Highlights

Lamas/Koch Highlights

-J. Jones

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Fried Taco- March 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm
@DH06 - I'm still waiting for Lorenzo to pop-up and claim he taught his little cuz how to fight. Like a Steven Seagal kind of thing.
DARKHORSE06- March 14, 2013 at 10:47 am
Remember when Lamas played "Lance Cumson" on Falcon Crest?
Alan K- March 14, 2013 at 10:20 am
Lamas will win and get the honor of being passed over for a title shot by Gilbert Melendez dropping down to 145 after he loses to Bendo. Congrats to Ricardo. He's worked hard to get continually screwed over.
KidDinomite- March 14, 2013 at 9:54 am
Lamas should face Denis Siver for the #1 contender spot when he comes back. Dude has been laying waste the the FW division since he dropped down. Siver vs. Aldo would be an even bigger barnburner!!!
algiersheadkick504- March 14, 2013 at 9:45 am
I think Lamas will be stronger and out work KZ but I thought that about Poirier this fight is gonna be a war can't wait