With the UFC in need of a title fight to headline their Super Bowl Saturday show, UFC president Dana White said Thursday the promotion is discussing having featherweight king Jose Aldo (pictured) put his crown up for grabs against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169.
“It’s not done, but we’re talking about it. But we talk about a lot of things,” White vaguely stated.
A light heavyweight scrap between champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira was initially slated to headline the February 1 event, but the bout was recently pulled over “timing” issues. The 205-pounders will now likely meet “sometime in March.”
Aldo has rattled off 16 consecutive victories, with the last seven being of the title defense variety, en route to becoming the most decorated featherweight champion in MMA history. “Scarface” was last seen in August posting a TKO win over “The Koran Zombie” Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163.
Lamas has been screaming for a crack at Aldo since beating fomer top contender Erik Koch in January. To say “The Bully” was upset he was passed over by Jung to battle Aldo in Brazil would be an understatement. It appears Lamas may finally get the shootout he’s been clamoring for.
Be careful what you wish for…
This marks the first time under Zuffa’s soon-to-be 13-year ownership of the UFC that their Super Bowl weekend card won’t take place in Las Vegas. The reason is simple, their broadcast partner, FOX, is hosting the biggest pigskin game of the year this season, which takes place in nearby MetLife Stadium.
It’s a win-win for both powerhouses, as FOX will own the entire weekend and the UFC will ride their coattails to unprecedented exposure.
UFC 169 takes place inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.