Despite the chaos currently inhabiting the UFC’s featherweight division, the promotion has added an intriguing 145-pound scrap to June 4’s UFC 199 from the L.A. Forum in Inglewood, California.
Per UFC Tonight, No. 4-ranked Max “Blessed” Holloway will clash with former title challenger and No. 5-ranked Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas.
Since dropping a decision loss to reigning champion Conor McGregor in 2013, 24 year old Holloway has gone on a tear, winning eight straight bouts with six of those victories coming by way of finish.
That streak includes an impressive finish over former top contender Cub Swanson, and most recently a decision victory over Jeremy Stephens at last December’s UFC 194.
Lamas, on the other hand, received a shot at former champion Jose Aldo back in 2014, losing a rather lack luster decision. Since then, however, “The Bully” has won three of four, most recently taking a unanimous decision over veteran Diego Sanchez last November.
It was also confirmed that a previously targeted middleweight showdown between legend Dan “Hendo” Henderson and Hector Lombard will take place on the card.
Henderson was scheduled to rematch Lyoto Machida last weekend at UFC on FOX 19, but “The Dragon” was scrapped from the bout after it was revealed that he had consumed a banned substance.
Lombard will be making his return to 185 pounds after recently dropping a disappointing loss to Neil Magny.
UFC 199 is set to be headlined by a middleweight title rematch between defending champion Luke Rockhold and former divisional kingpin Chris Weidman.
Also on the card, Dominick Cruz will put his 135 pound strap on the line in a trilogy bout against bitter rival and former WEC champion Urijah Faber.