Ricardo Lamas accepted fights against Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo before UFC changed direction

Jun 22, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Ricardo Lamas (left) fights Hatsu Hioki in a featherweight bout during UFC on FX at Revel Resort and Casino. Ricardo Lamas won the fight by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Ricardo Lamas has not been seen or heard from ever since pulling off one of 2012's biggest upsets, earning a unanimous decision against consensus number two ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki at UFC on FX 4 earlier this summer.

But it's not for lack of trying.

When former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar announced he'd be making the cut to 145 pounds, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was actually looking for a bout against Lamas as his first featherweight test. "The Bully" went into further detail earlier today via Fight Club Chicago (transcribed by MMA Recap).

"The UFC offered me a fight with Edgar in December and we had accepted. We were waiting to hear back from Sean Shelby on Edgar's side. We accepted and were waiting for confirmation before we could announce it. This took place about two weeks ago but wasn't signed."

Of course, when Rufousport fighter Erik Koch got injured and pulled out of the UFC 153 main event title fight against Jose Aldo, that threw a wrench into the UFC's plans. Believe it or not, the promotion actually came to Lamas first as the original replacement.

"They called me and said Koch was injured. They needed an answer that night if I would fight Aldo. Of course we said yes right away and got everything they wanted in order. Then around 9pm they called me back and said they decided to go a different direction."

That different direction of course was Frankie Edgar getting the title shot instead, a dream fight that many fans around the world had been clamoring for during Edgar's title reign at 155 pounds. Needless to say, Lamas was heartbroken, but he understands why they decided to go with "The Answer" instead.

"I was disappointed that I was out of the fight. I was excited for that fight. That's an opportunity that guys wait their entire career for. It came out of no where so I can't be super mad. I wasn't promised for months and this came in last minute. I can see from the UFC's perspective where it would be a better fight. he's a former champ and more well known. Of course people want to see him fight Aldo over me."

If you're wondering what happens next for Lamas, "The Bully" revealed he's been offered a fight for the end of the year, but couldn't specify what opponent just yet. After beating Hatsu Hioki in his last bout, who would make sense for him next?

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