Ricardo Lamas
The Bully
Dominates in Argentina
FeatherweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Lamas defeated Darren Elkins via TKO (punches and elbows) at 4:09 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
This was easy work for Lamas from the opening bell, as he continually beat Elkins to the punch and hurt him badly with low leg kicks. The fight had reached something of a forgone conclusion by the time it was stopped in the third round. A perennial contender, Lamas erased a two-fight losing skid with the dominant performance, and now holds an MMA record that stands at 19-7
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Draws Darren Elkins in Argentina
FeatherweightUFC
October 23, 2018
Lamas will take on Darren Elkins in a featherweight matchup at UFC Argentina on Nov. 17.
ANALYSIS
Lamas is coming off back-to-back losses to Josh Emmett and Mirsad Bektic, and will look to get back on track against a fighter known for a brawling style. While Lamas is the more technical fighter, Elkins is capable of both landing a big shot at any point, and taking a tremendous amount of damage. While Lamas should enter as the betting favorite, he's landed just 2.73 significant strikes per minute during his UFC career, which makes him a tough fantasy play given how tough "The Damage" is to finish.
Riding two-fight losing streak for first time in career
FeatherweightUFC
June 9, 2018
Lamas lost to Mirsad Bektic via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Lamas looked pretty good against one of the better prospects in the sport, but this was the right decision. Getting the worst of the striking exchanges between the two men, Ricardo tried to lean on his wrestling game. He did become the first man to successfully drag Bektic to the mat, but he scored on just 1-of-9 takedown attempts and he did nothing with his brief positional advantage. Lamas is a true pro and he did enough to keep the fight close, but he ultimately just didn't land enough to earn the judge's decision. The Bully has now lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his professional career.
Suffers shocking loss at hands of Josh Emmett in Winnipeg
FeatherweightUFC
December 16, 2017
Lamas lost to Josh Emmett via KO (punch) at 4:33 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.
ANALYSIS
You have to feel for Lamas. Originally scheduled to face Jose Aldo, he was forced to go up against what was viewed as a lesser opponent and then his opponent missed weight yesterday. To make matters worse, Lamas gets brutally knocked out a mere 24 hours later. The left hook that Lamas ate from Emmett was so vicious that it was good to see that Ricardo didn't appear to be seriously injured after the contest. This loss is a game-changer for the 35-year-old. As dedicated a fighter as there is in the UFC's featherweight division, Lamas has his work cut out for him to come back from this stunning setback.
Now faces Josh Emmett at UFC Winnipeg
FeatherweightUFC
December 12, 2017
Lamas will fight Josh Emmett in a featherweight bout at UFC on Fox 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lamas was left without an opponent after Jose Aldo took the opportunity to fight Max Holloway at UFC 218. Instead, the fighter will now face Josh Emmett, who maintains a 12-1 record (3-1 UFC).
Will not face Aldo
FeatherweightUFC
November 11, 2017
Lamas will not go up against Jose Aldo in December since Aldo has been tabbed to replace Frankie Edgar (face) at UFC 218 against Max Holloway, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Edgar was forced to withdraw from his fight due to a facial injury, and Aldo will take his place and once again face off with the man that defeated him six months prior in Brazil. This leaves Lamas in limbo, as it remains to be seen who will take Aldo's spot for his fight in Winnipeg. There's a chance the fight gets thrown out entirely if there is no suitable opponent, but more information should become present within the next week.