Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard is now official for UFC 199 in June, and a featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Ricardo Lamas has been announced for the event as well.
The Henderson-Lombard matchup had been reported last week, but the Holloway-Lamas bout is a new addition to the June 4 pay-per-view card. Both were officially announced via Wednesday’s UFC Tonight program on Fox Sports 1.
Henderson was slated to face Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 19 last week before Machida ran afoul of USADA during an out of competition drug test. He’ll welcome Lombard back to middleweight after Lombard lost to Neil Magny in his return from suspension.
The 24-year-old Holloway seeks his ninth straight win in the UFC’s featherweight division, and takes another step up in competition against the former UFC Featherweight Title challenger. Lamas has gone 3-1 in the division since losing to Jose Aldo in February of 2014, with his loss in that stretch coming by TKO against multi-time title challenger Chad Mendes.
UFC 199 hits the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., headlined by the Middleweight Championship rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman.
Penick’s Analysis: Holloway-Lamas is a fantastic piece of matchmaking. It’s a legitimate step up in competition for Holloway, but the type of fight he should have to win in order to show he’s ready for a title fight in the division. Nine straight wins will make him hard to ignore as a challenger, and though logistically he’ll likely still need to fight again before getting a title fight after this one, a win should set up a clear No. 1 contender’s fight for the young Hawaiian. Henderson-Lombard simply is what it is.
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