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Ricardo Lamas On Why He Deserves Next Featherweight Title Shot

Ricardo Lamas was disappointed when he missed out twice on a featherweight title shot for UFC 163. He thought wins over Erik Koch and Cub Swanson earned him the No. 1 contender spot.

“I beat two guys who were promised title fights,” said Lamas on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know any other 145-pound contender who has done that. Cub hasn’t done it, Frankie [Edgar] hasn’t done it, Chad [Mendes] hasn’t done it. So, really, in my mind, I’m the No. 1 contender and I think I deserve a shot at the title.”

The first featherweight title shot went to Anthony Pettis, who fell to injury. He was replaced with the “Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung.

Lamas won all four of his UFC fights since cutting to featherweight. Three of those came via stoppage.

“The Bully” was pulled from UFC 163 when Chan-Sung was put in the main event.