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Ricardo Lamas made his featherweight debut in the UFC and has looked phenomenal. He has gone 4-0 inside the Octagon and stopped the momentum of every featherweight he has fought.
Matt Grice was on a four-fight win streak and thought to be a potential contender. Lamas TKO'd him in under a round.
Cub Swanson, who has recently resurfaced as a contender, was forced to tap against Lamas.
Hatsu Hioki's name was thrown about, and then Lamas defeated him via unanimous decision to remove his name from the list of contenders.
And at UFC on FOX 6 he blitzed through top contender Erik Koch with a vicious TKO performance.
Four potential contenders all erased by Lamas. He has earned the right to fight Aldo next and he is the number two featherweight in the world right now. Lamas has done everything to earn this shot. Lamas has to be the first choice for the next fight against Aldo.