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As Hatsu Hioki passed on title shot, UFC on FX 4's Ricardo Lamas happily stepped in

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prophecy033

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One man passing on a unique opportunity is another man's gain.

For Ricardo Lamas, the chance to add a big-name opponent to his evolving resume was a welcomed idea. It was a no-brainer.

When fellow featherweight Hatsu Hioki opted to pass on a title shot with current champion Jose Aldo in order to continue to hone his skills and gain additional octagon experience, he needed a fallback option for the short term.

Lamas, one of many ascending contenders in a division becoming more robust with each passing event, stepped up to accommodate him.

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Post #1   6/15/12 6:27:17PM   

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Wonder if Hioki will regret this if he loses.

Post #2   6/15/12 7:47:51PM   

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I will be picking Hioki but this fight has upset-ready written all over it.

I applaud Hioki for his stance. A fighter should have the option to put his career on hold when the stakes are a once-in-a-lifetime shot at being the best. Let him be as prepared as he can be.

Post #3   6/15/12 7:53:11PM   

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i hope he gets another chance down the line. hioki is way underrated. im ok with lamas though, he's tough, but i expect a KO from jose.

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Post #4   6/15/12 7:56:37PM