Lamas (13-3) returns to the Octagon after failing to wrest the 145-pound title from Jose Aldo at UFC 169 in early February. Aldo won the bout via unanimous decision.
Against Dias, Lamas will be looking to start a new winning streak. He had won four consecutive bouts prior to the loss to the Aldo, defeating Erik Koch, Hatsu Hioki, Cub Swanson, and Matt Grice.
If he can get the better of Dias, Lamas isn’t likely to be too far out of returning to title contention.
Dias, however, is looking for a bit of redemption himself. At 21-2-1, he is coming off of a unanimous-decision loss of his own to Nik Lentz last spring. Before losing to Lentz, Dias had won nine consecutive bouts, including his UFC debut.
A victory over Lamas would put the Brazilian back on track, trying to work his way up the ranks of the division dominated by Aldo, his Nova Unaio teammate.
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