Ricardo Lamas Learned from Jose Aldo Loss, Plans to Work His Way Back to UFC Title Shot

June 26, 2014
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Ricardo LamasWhen he entered the Octagon at UFC 169, Ricardo Lamas had a conservative mindset. Being cautious against featherweight champion Jose Aldo was at the forefront of his approach, and the former No. 1 contender feels it cost him the fight.

Lamas lost a unanimous decision to Aldo that night, and not a day goes by when he doesn’t wish he didn’t fight the way he did. Having your first UFC title shot does that kind of thing.

“Because it was a title shot I was a little bit overly cautious, and I wish I hadn’t done that,” Lamas told MMAWeekly.com partner Majority Draw Radio. “I didn’t really fight like myself. It cost me the fight. I beat myself in that fight. Jose Aldo didn’t beat me. But I know what I’d be up against again and I’m going to prove to whomever I have to prove it to that I deserve another shot, and I’ll be back in there with him.”

Lamas’ first step in working his way back up the 145-pound ladder is a UFC Fight Night card and an evening with Hacran Dias in San Antonio, Texas. With a 21-2-1 record, Dias comes across as a formidable opponent, but he wasn’t Lamas’ first choice.

He asked for a few different fights, but the UFC had different things in mind for Lamas. What was offered was a match with Dias, and Lamas put his desired fights at the back of his mind in an effort to focus on his new foe. In order to prove he can fight Aldo again, Lamas will have to show he can get the job done against anyone put in front of him.

“I asked for a couple other fights, and UFC didn’t really want to give them to me. Hacran was the only guy that they had for me,” he said. “But he’s no slouch. He’s a tough guy, and it’s a good fight. Just because he isn’t ranked doesn’t mean anything to me. The guy has a good record, he was coming off a long win streak before his last fight against Nik Lentz, but he’s tough. I’m not taking him lightly. Any chance that I get to prove myself against anybody I’m going to do exactly that.

“I’m not going to sit here and bitch and complain about anything,” he added. “This is another fight, another chance to prove myself, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Having come off a loss to the best featherweight in the world in the co-main event for a pay-per-view, it was commonly assumed that Lamas would fall down the card for his next outing, perhaps an undercard for the next PPV. But where he landed was a UFC Fight Night, a kind of event that has in the past received criticism for looking subpar.

Addressing such concerns, Lamas said none of that matters. While it was great to garner attention as the co-headliner for a premium fight card, Lamas said having a spot on a free-TV card opens up big opportunities, too, as long as he and Dias put on a show.

“It doesn’t matter to me if I’m on a pay-per-view card or free-TV card or whatever,” he proclaimed. “Every UFC event has the potential to be a blockbuster hit. It depends on the fighters and it depends on how the fights go. This is the biggest organization in the world and we’re going to get the exposure as long as we put on a fight.”

If Lamas continues to put on the fights he feels he’s capable of, he’ll soon find himself in the same place he was last February: looking across the Octagon at Jose Aldo. This time, however, he said the approach will be different. Lamas won’t fight as conservatively as he did the first time, and no amount of fear will ever show on his face.

“When I get in that cage,” he said, “there’s no man on earth that’s going to stand on the other side of that cage that’s going to intimidate me.”

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  • Derek

    Yup, I hate it when fighters get in there and their only chance is to be aggressive and attack, but instead decide to spar with the champ instead of risk being ko’d. If I were the UFC, I would throw him in there with a lion like Dias too. Lamas blew it against Aldo. Its one thing to go in and try to win, but get KO’d in a great fight, and its waaay different when you have a non-verbal agreement with the champ just to go the distance. Lamas had the skills to threaten Aldo, but he pussed out and he knows it.

    • jimmychong

      foo, Lamas didn’t puss out, he just wasn’t ready skill wise. he would’ve been viciously finished if he fought any differently. every time he tried to get aggressive, he got decked.

  • Lame-assSucks

    LOL same old freaking story. I wish I had done this or that, but now I learned and next time it’ll be different! Screw you Ricardo Lame-ass, you had your chance and you blew it! Now go fock a goat or a chicken since that’s what they do in Mexico LOL.

  • IAgree-Lame-assSucks

    “Jose Aldo didn’t beat me…” LOL most delusional statement I’ve ever heard. Typical arrogant Mexican who won’t admit he got his ass handed to him. Excuses, excuses!

    • Lt. Dangle

      Why does he gotta be an arrogant mexican? Cant he just be arrogant? Cain isn’t arrogant is he? I hate when people have to bring race into something that doesn’t have anything to do with it. Typical black, white, mexican, asian, associated with something negative. People need to stop that sh!t man.

      • IAgree-Lame-AssSucks

        Cain is a rare exception because he’s kind of like Benny from the movie “Of mice and men” LOL Big guy that can kill you but is mellow in his demeanor. Most mexicans are arrogants, just look at all of them still whining about Texas and California belonging to them when that land is not theirs anymore ‘cus one of their drunken ass leaders sold it to the americans….LOL…anyway, go fock a goat too man! LOL

        • Lt. Dangle

          By your explanation you’re implying that every Mexican in the world is arrogant every one of them thinks exactly like Lamas. Thats like saying every German person is a Nazi and every asian person is a ninja, real smart bud. Im not Mexican btw, and u can go fukk several goats f@g.