Get going or get gone.
Undoubtedly scorned by the controversial decision to award No. 1 Lightweight contender Anthony Pettis a Featherweight title fight because it was considered "super," top 145-pound standouts Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung will press on at UFC 162, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 6, 2013.
"The Bully" announced this evening via Twitter.com that he will trade leather with the "Korean Zombie" this Fourth of July weekend, most likely with a much-deserved Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title shot awarded to the winner.
Lamas, who seemingly took the "Showtime" news the hardest, admitting that he was "upset" and "dumbfounded," has looked nothing short of sensational since his Octagon debut in June 2011, a first round technical knockout finish of Matt Grice at UFC on Versus 4.
The decorated Division III amateur wrestler out of Elmhurst College, also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, followed up the impressive performance with a stoppage of Cub Swanson, a decision over Hatsu Hioki and, most recently, a shellacking (see the abuse here) of Erik Koch in primetime on the UFC on Fox 6 nationally televised main card in Jan. 2013.
It doesn't get much better than that at 145 pounds if you're not named Jose Aldo, the division champion.
Jung has had a rockier road to this top-shelf mixed martial arts (MMA) match up, dropping a bad decision to Leonard Garcia in their "Fight of the Year" candidate in 2010 under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner. He'd return only to get knocked out by George Roop with a headkick at WEC 51, which can only be considered a fluke at this point, before making his promotional debut in March 2011 with a ridiculous, never-before-seen submission (twister) in a rematch with Garcia.
The South Korean went on to win his next two fights, including three fight night bonuses in victories over Mark Hominick (knockout) and, most recently, Dustin Poirier (submission), at UFC on Fuel TV 3 in May 2012.
Start popping that pop corn, Maniacs. This one is going to be fun ... and meaningful.
UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" is headlined by a Middleweight championship contest as top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and longtime 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva puts his title on the line against undefeated Chris Weidman.