In a featherweight contest with significant title implications, the surging Ricardo Lamas prevailed over the returning Erik Koch.
After a somewhat dull first frame, Lamas was able to get the action to the floor in the second round. He blasted away at Koch from his guard, opening up a nasty cut before finishing the action with elbows.
What we'll remember about this fight
For now, we'll remember the bout as confirmation that Ricardo Lamas is an elite featherweight.
After Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo fight on February 2, we'll remember it as a very strong case for Lamas to receive the next title shot.
What we learned about Ricardo Lamas
He's a beast. He manhandled Koch—one of the division's biggest, strongest guys—along the fence for much of the first round and then pummeled him on the ground without even advancing his position.
He also looks to be ready for a featherweight title fight. He may have to get one more win first, but if Saturday night was any indication, a title shot is probably just a matter of time.
What we learned about Erik Koch
Maybe it was ring rust, but Koch didn't fight with the same aggression and explosiveness we're used to seeing from him.
He has a bright future ahead of him, but if he wants to right the ship he'll have to identify what went wrong against Lamas and rectify the issue.
What's next for Lamas
Either an immediate title shot or an eliminator bout against Chan Sung Jung.
What's next for Koch
I'd like to see him take on the rapidly improving Pablo Garza.
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