Instead the Japanese stand out will face Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City on June 22.
UFC officials confirmed the fight to FoxSports.com on Wednesday.
“Many pegged Hioki as the next possible challenger for Jose Aldo’s title, but he wants one more test before going for the belt,” UFC President Dana 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.”
Ricardo Lamas has gone 2-0 since coming to the UFC picking up wins over Matt Grice and Cub Swanson, and now has a chance to rocket into the top ten if he can get past Hioki in June.
The two featherweights are the latest addition to the UFC on FX 4 card, which takes place in Atlantic City in June. It’s the first trip the UFC has made to the city in 7 years.
Meanwhile, with Hioki’s fight announced it all but secures Jose Aldo’s next opponent as Duke Roufus student Erik Koch. Koch has been out of action for several months dealing with an injury, but with Hioki and other potential opponent Dustin Poirier already locked into fights, it’s a foregone conclusion that the Milwaukee based competitor will get the next crack at the UFC featherweight title.