On Wednesday evening, UFC president Dana White confirmed a featherweight affair between Hatsu Hioki (Pictured) and Ricardo Lamas had been added to the “UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida” roster.
“Many pegged Hioki as the next possible challenger for Jose Aldo’s title, but he wants one more test before going for the belt,” White told FOXSports.com. “In his way is Lamas, who has proven to be a tough competitor for anyone to deal with, especially since moving down to featherweight and finishing both opponents at 145lbs.”
Hioki owns an impressive 26-4-2 professional record and is perfect in both of his big league bouts. The Japanese sensation was last seen taking a unanimous decision over Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144.
Lamas is a WEC veteran who is also unbeaten in his two fights inside the black Octagon. He successfully made his debut against Matt Grice and followed it up by submitting Cub Swanson in November.
Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey hosts the June 22nd festivities. FX will broadcast the main card live beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
A critical lightweight scrap featuring former top contender Gray Maynard and Clay Guida headlines the freebie fight card.
Here is the show’s current roster:
Ken Stone vs. Edwin Figueroa
Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Catone
Ramsey Nijem vs. C.J. Keith
Rich Attonito vs. Rick Story
Dan Miller vs. Ricardo Funch
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos
Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher
James Te Huna vs. Brandon Vera
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson
Jim Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger
Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard