Ricardo Lamas Accepted Offer To Fight Aldo Before UFC Changed Challenger To Edgar
While there have been a long list of injuries forcing cancellations and reschedulings of UFC fights, one of the rare cases where fans were more excited about the replacement fight than the original came when Erik Koch was injured and forced out of his title bout with Jose Aldo. In place of Koch, we're being treated to Frankie Edgar's first bout at featherweight being a title shot.
But the fight almost didn't happen as, according to a story at Bleacher Report, Ricardo Lamas was offered (and accepted) the fight with Aldo:
They [UFC] had called me first on Thursday," Lamas stated. "They had called me up at about 3:30 p.m. Central time and said, 'Obviously Koch is injured and we need to know tonight if you want to take this fight with Aldo? We think you deserve it and we need to redo your contract. We need to get it all done by tonight.'"
'We said 'Yes, yes, yes,'" Lamas stated. "We got my contract figured out and was just waiting on a bout agreement. Then they [the UFC] called at 9 p.m. Central and said they decided to in a different direction with the fight and that's when they decided to go with Frankie."
Lamas is 3-0 in the UFC, defeating Matt Grice, Cub Swanson and Hatsu Hioki after coming over as part of the WEC merger. That's certainly a run worthy of a title shot, but he simply isn't as big of a fight as Edgar, so it's not hard to understand the promotion's decision.