A featherweight fight between top 5 contenders Max Holloway and Ricardo Lamas has been announced for UFC 199 in Los Angeles on June 4th.
The fight was announced on UFC Tonight yesterday and sees the No.4 ranked Holloway looking to extend his unbeaten run in the Octagon to a remarkable nine fights since a 2013 loss to Conor McGregor.
Along the way the 24 year-old Holloway has defeated the likes of Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens and Cole Miller to emerge as a leading 145lb talent.
The 33 year-old Lamas sits just one place behind his opponent at No.5 on the official featherweight rankings, and has gone 3-2 during the same time period as Holloway, starting with a decision loss in his title challenge against Jose Aldo at the start of 2014.
Wins over Hacran Dias, Dennis Bermudez and Diego Sanchez since then have been intersected by a first round TKO loss against Chad Mendes last year.
At this stage it’s not clear where Holloway Vs Lamas will feature on the inticing UFC 199 fight card which will be headlined by a middleweight title rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, with the bantamweight title also being on the line when Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber fight for a third time, while the likes of Dan Henderson Vs Hector Lombard and BJ Penn Vs Dennis Siver are also official for the show.