Although it was a close fight, "The Golden Boy" knew he had won the
decision against Vince
Morales. Now, the 25-year-old has his eyes set on fighting
Simon, whom he considers a rival. The two were originally
slated to meet at UFC 227 in 2018, but Lopez was forced to withdraw
due to an ankle injury.
"It is whoever they give me. Of course, I have always wanted to
Simon. We were supposed to fight three times and something has
always happened," Lopez said to Sherdog.com. "He has proven himself
in the UFC so I understand if I don't get that fight, but I would
like to fight him."
Why Lopez thinks the fight could happen is the fact that he just
beat Simon’s cousin in Morales, so he may want to get that one back
for his family. Add in the fact that Lopez doesn't like how the
26-year-old acts when he
talks about him, and you have a potentially exciting
"I have said it before, I consider him a rival. The fight always
fell through, but it something I wanted. He has talked smack, and I
just fought his cousin. It is true beef," he explained. "It is
organic, like I don’t hate him, but he has said things that I want
to make him pay for. He runs his mouth a little too much."
In the end, Lopez is eyeing a return at UFC San Francisco in
October, but would wait until later if that meant he gets to fight