Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas
Welcome to the main card, as we begin in the featherweight division. Erik Koch (13-1), who had a pair of title fights in 2012 with Jose Aldo scrapped due to injuries to both fighters, returns after a year-plus layoff to face Ricardo Lamas (12-2). Lamas, fighting out of Chicago, owns a three-fight win streak, while Koch has picked up four consecutive victories. The referee in charge will be John McCarthy.
Round 1: Lamas with a big spinning wheel kick, as the two are trying to find the correct range. Koch throws a head kick of his own, that misses. A quick head kick again thrown by Koch and just barely lands. Lamas fakes a side kick and shoots for the takedown, switching from a double-leg attempt to a single-leg and scoring. Koch pops right back up, but Lamas still has hold of the leg. Lamas back to a double-leg attempt, switches again to a single, but Koch fends it off. Lamas lands a pair of nice knees to the body inside the clinch. Stiff left jab connects from Koch. Lamas gets inside and lands a nice, quick combo, tying up Koch against the fence.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lamas
Round 2: Left by Koch starts off the round, while Lamas goes back to working the kicks. Koch now countering each leg kick with a right or left jab, keeping Lamas from putting anything together. Lamas slips going for a kick, Koch goes to pounce, but Lamas winds up on top and inside the guard. Lamas posturing up, lands a straight right and a left before connecting with a pair of elbows to the face. Lamas is stacking Koch up and is unloading, including a huge elbow that bloodies Koch’s face. Lamas firing off with lefts, rights and elbows, and this one is all over. We likely have a new No. 1 contender in the featherweight division.
Ricardo Lamas def. Erik Koch via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 2