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Thursday, 04/26/2012, 08:46 am

Hatsu Hioki Passes On Title Shot, Books Ricardo Lamas For UFC on FX 4

Widely regarded as the number 2 welterweight in the world, Japanese stand-out Hatsu Hioki has made good on his word and has turned down a title fight against division king Jose Aldo.

It was in his opinion, too soon for a title shot and as such has booked Ricardo Lamas for the upcoming UFC on FX 4 card.

UFC on FX 4 is set to take place on June 22 from the Revel Center in Atlantic City, N.J. and will air live on FX.

UFC president Dana White broke the news to FoxSport.

“Many pegged Hioki as the next possible challenger for Jose Aldo’s title, but he wants one more test before going for the belt,” White said. “In his way is Lamas, who has proven to be a tough competitor for anyone to deal with, especially since moving down to featherweight and finishing both opponents at 145 pounds. Both guys have verbally agreed to the match.”

Hioki entered the UFC as the number 2 ranked featherweight in the world even before his first fight. His debut however, didn’t live up to the hype and he was barely edged out an unranked George Roop at UFC 137 to earn a split-decision victory. He followed up the less than stellar performance with a dominant victory over Bart Palaszewski in front of his hometown crowd at UFC 144. He is 11-1-1 in his last 13 fights.

Lamas went 4-2 under the WEC banner as a lightweight; however he took to his UFC in the post-WEC merger era and dropped to featherweight where he has successfully put together two straight wins over Cub Swanson and Matt Grice.

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18 Comments to Hatsu Hioki Passes On Title Shot, Books Ricardo Lamas For UFC on FX 4

  1. Thom says:

    That’s either an admirable move, or a bitchmove.. I’m not sure yet.

    • Shawn says:

      A fighter knows himself best. Feeling like he needs to test himself more, before a title shot, is very admirable, honorable, and smart. Plus, if he beats 2 or 3 more top contenders to the FW title, it also sends a message to Aldo. Doesn’t matter if your on top, and beating everyone. When you see another guy coming up the ranks beating everyone as well, it stops to make you think. Definitely not a bitch move.

  2. Jake says:

    *****featherweight

    • Ly-er says:

      Yes, please correct that before more people notice & start mocking that minor error! Not a big deal to me, but I can’t speak for the rest!

      • Delta says:

        Please tell me why saying he’s regarded as the #2 Welterweight, when he fights 2 weight classes below that, is a “minor” error.

        That’s nearly as bad if the article said he’s regarded as the #2 woman in the world.

        • Dblock says:

          because it is a minor error, so what he was 25lbs off on his weight class. thats not nearly as bad as mistaking someones gender. Everyone was still able to understand the article and thanks to all you cry babys about a typing error everyone will see he’s a featherweight not welterweight.

        • boyheadkick says:

          if you knew who hatsu hioki is you wouldnt be bitching about the typo right now

        • Delta says:

          Dblock, being off by TWO WEIGHT CLASSES isn’t a minor error. It’s a pretty large one. Yes, it is almost as bad as mistaking gender. In fact, one could make the argument that it’d be easier to typo “women.”

          As for “cry babies,” you’re just an idiot.

        • Ly-er says:

          Iono, as a avid mma enthusiast, I understood the article fine, since I’m familiar w/ the fighters well enough to know which weight classes they’re supposed to be in. On the other hand if they want to be a more notable mma news web site wish there weren’t too many written mistakes, but hey we’re human it happens.

  3. Rolltide says:

    Hatsu Hioki is the highly regarded #2 FEATHERWEIGHT not WELTERWEIGHT. There are always problems with the articles

  4. nickthedick says:

    get a real editor

  5. Dick Diaz says:

    i think its a smart move on his part… fighting in a cage is definitely different than fighting in a ring, very respectable decision.

  6. Peter says:

    That “minor error” makes the whole article not credible

  7. Frank Mir-acle says:

    Its a smart move, this guy barely got past George Roop…..GEORGE ROOP!!! He’d be lucky to make it out of the first 3 minutes with Aldo, definitely needs to tune up tht takedown if he wants to be competitive for the title

  8. GET RID OF TRT says:

    I dunno since jet lag is real problem for us japanese people. Jet lag from Japan to US is really bad.
    Even Phil Baroni, Joe Rogan, Karyn Bryant said it.
    Hioki didn’t perform well against Roop because of jet lag and octagon jitters imo.
    But he did well against Brat Palaszewski here in Japan.
    Same thing with Aoki last week. Got ktfo by alvarez. I’m no Aoki fan but that Aoki wasn’t the monster Aoki that made Alvarez tap easily.

  9. GET RID OF TRT says:

    Oh btw, nice shirt Hioki.

    JAPAN POWER

  10. Nick says:

    I really don’t need people complaining about it saying Welterweight. I didn’t even notice it. The editors suck dick who cares. Anyway it’s a good move for Hioki. He knows himself better than anyone (I hope) if he doesn’t feel ready I’m not gonna bash him for it.

  11. Unbelieveable tekkers says:

    Why do you give a fuck so much about errors obviously you understood the artical as your now criticising it. This is an MMA website not a fuckin English class. Wind your necks in!

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