The clock is ticking on Jose Aldo's reign as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight kingpin.
That's according to Ricardo Lamas, who will try to be the first person in UFC -- or WEC, for that matter -- to defeat the No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the co-main event of UFC 169, which takes place inside Prudential Center on Feb. 1, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.
"The Bully" (via Bleacher Report) plans to "expose" the champ's mistakes on fight night.
"Ever king's reign has to come to an end. All champions have to fall. It's going to happen sooner or later, and I want to be the one to do it. This is a huge opportunity. Not a lot of people know who I am right now, but after this fight a lot of people are going to be talking about me. I don't see any really big holes in his game. He's a very technical and solid fighter. But he makes mistakes just like anyone else, and I'm going to be looking to expose them and capitalize on them. I always come into my fights in shape and fight until the very last second. If I see he's gassing out or getting tired in there, I'm going to look to push the pace. Wrestling is what got me to this point. It's what got me to the WEC, then to the UFC, and has put me in a position to fight for the featherweight title."
He certainly has his work cut out for him.
Lamas has been electric over the past three years, racking up four consecutive wins over top-shelf competition, including a submission victory over Cub Swanson, as well as a technical knockout win over Erik Koch, two of the division's top contenders.
But he also has a pair of knockout losses to Danny Castillo and Yuri Alcantara.
How well "The Bully" can perform on fight night remains to be seen, but Aldo hasn't lost in almost nine years and is currently enjoying a 16-fight winning streak. Lamas insists that every king's reign must come to an end (see Silva, Anderson), but is he the one to do it?
Time will tell.