Edgar to face Aldo at UFC 156; Chicago’s Lamas possibly next in line
ASSOCIATED PRESS AND STAFF REPORTS February 2, 2013 12:05PM
Ricardo Lamas, left, fights Erik Koch during UFC Featherweight Championship on FOX 6 at the United Center in Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Lamas won the bout. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: February 2, 2013 12:23PM
BURBANK, Calif. — As the first featherweight champion the UFC has ever recognized, Jose Aldo occupies a unique niche in mixed martial arts history.
Frankie Edgar is one fight away from earning a rare distinction of his own when they meet at UFC 156 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Edgar could add the 145-pound title to the 155-pound lightweight belt he once held, putting him alongside Randy Couture and B.J. Penn as the only fighters to win championships in two weight classes.
Yet Edgar is an underdog again in his seventh consecutive UFC title fight, while the dominant Aldo faces arguably his toughest test as a champion after fighting just once in 2012.
The undercard of the UFC’s annual Super Bowl-adjacent show features tests for Rashad Evans and Alistair Overeem.
Chicago’s Lamas could be next in line for title shot
Coming off a devastating knockout victory over featherweight contender Eric Koch last Saturday in front of his hometown crowd at the UFC on FOX event at the United Center, Chicago’s Ricardo Lamas has immediately injected his name into the title mix.
The former Elmhurst College wrestler has traveled to Las Vegas to catch Saturday’s UFC 156 event, which features UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who is making his 145-pound debut. Lamas, wanted to be cageside to see his next potential opponent.
“I wanted to be here to show that I’m serious about getting a title shot,” Lamas said. “I want to see this fight in person and see who I could potentially fight for the title. It’s going to be an incredible fight and I’m excited to witness it live.”
- JOE FERNANDEZ