Ricardo Lamas certainly knows how to make a statement.
The 30-year-old featherweight composed a tweet on ye ole Twittersphere tonight that hinted at his next opponent, and fight fans are going to be pleased with the announcement.
A favorite returns to take on a rapidly rising star.
Take it in, folks.
"The Korean Zombie," Chan-Sung Jung, returns to the UFC Octagon for the first time in over a year at UFC 162 July 6, live from Las Vegas.
Lamas gets points for the The Walking Dead reference and points for the creative announcement in my book, but the UFC brass gets the most glory here.
UFC 162 is already stacked with a main event featuring the pound-for-pound greatest fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, and with the addition of Lamas vs. Zombie, this card looks absolutely bonkers on paper.
Fresh off a dominant victory over former almost title challenger Erik Koch, Lamas currently rides a four-fight winning streak over tough competition, and a win over The Korean Zombie will almost assuredly secure him a championship fight.
To his credit, The Korean Zombie has also looked phenomenal lately. He is the winner of three straight, and he took home fight-night bonuses in all three victories.
Against Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis, Zombie pulled off the rare twister—a submission popularized by 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo. For his efforts, Jung took home submission of the night and submission of the year honors.
He then followed this performance up with a knockout of the night performance over Mark Hominick at UFC 140, and the stage was set for his greatest Octagon appearance to date.
Jung took on Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fuel TV 3, and the resulting fight became an instant classic.
The two went toe-to-toe on the feet, on the ground, in midair and in the stands (OK, that last one didn't actually happen) for four rounds before Jung rocked Poirier against the cage and finished the job with a tight brabo choke just one minute into Round 4.
Because of these past performances, The Korean Zombie stands as one of the most fan-friendly fighters on the UFC roster, and a matchup with Lamas promises the same fireworks we have come to expect from him.
The Korean Zombie is back, and Mr. Ricardo Lamas is ready for battle.