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Ricardo Lamas off UFC 162; Munoz vs. Boetsch promoted to main card

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The hits just keep on coming for Ricardo Lamas.

Just days after the UFC decided to give Chan Sung Jung, not Lamas, a title fight against Jose Aldo at UFC 163, Lamas, who was supposed to fight Jung at UFC 162 before Anthony Pettis' injury, was taken off UFC 162, as well. The UFC confirmed the news to FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" on Tuesday.

The promotion tried to keep Lamas on the July 6 card, but after it couldn't find a suitable opponent to face him, it decided to save him for another event.

According to Lamas' manager and brother, Frank, the UFC has agreed to pay Lamas his show money for his troubles, and while the organization hasn't guaranteed "The Bully" the winner of UFC 163's title fight, Lamas' brother said, "We are expecting to get the next title shot at featherweight." UFC president Dana White personally called Lamas over the weekend to explain the situation.

Lamas (13-2) is 4-0 since dropping down to 145 pounds in 2011. He has defeated Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch.

Jung (11-3) is 3-0 in the UFC with wins over Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier.

As a result of Lamas' removal from UFC 162, the Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch middleweight bout has been bumped up to the pay-per-view main card.

UFC 162, headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman for the middleweight title, will now feature 11 fights.

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