Ricardo Lamas
The Bully


Retirement official
September 7, 2020
Lamas officially announced Monday that he has retired from professional fighting, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Lamas (20-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) contemplated retirement before his most recent bout Aug. 29 against Bill Algeo, so his decision to step away from the sport comes as little surprise. He was able to conclude his career with a unanimous-decision win over Algeo in what amounted to a nice bounce-back effort after he suffered a broken jaw in his prior fight against Calvin Kattar at UFC 238. Over the course of his 12-year career, Lamas' most notable wins came against Cub Swanson, Diego Sanchez and Charles Oliveira.
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Considering retirement after win
August 29, 2020
Lamas defeated Bill Algeo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It didn't come easy. Although he was facing an opponent making his UFC debut on just days notice, Lamas put forth an uneven performance over the first ten minutes. He likely won a close Round 1 before Algeo clearly took Round 2. When the clock turned to Round 3, Lamas flipped the switch and absolutely dominated, earning a 10-8 score for all three judges and the clear cut unanimous decision victory. This was a closer fight than many expected given the fact Lamas entered as a (-270) favorite, but the tight battle ended up earning both combatants a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. Lamas said after the fight that he has been "wrestling with the idea of retirement." Although there had never been rumblings of that to date, it really shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Lamas turned 38 years of age this past May and has been a professional for more than 12 years. He has enough gas left in the tank to defeat a fair amount of featherweights on the UFC roster, but the days of him impacting the title picture are long over. We will have to wait and see what his next move will be.
Gets new opponent
August 23, 2020
Lamas will now take on Bill Algeo in a featherweight matchup at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Aug. 29, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Lamas was initially scheduled to take on Ryan Hall on Saturday, but he was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. Instead, Algeo will step in on short notice to make his UFC debut. Algeo is coming off a win against Tim Dooling via unanimous decision earlier in August while fighting under the CFFC banner. Algeo carries a 13-4 record over his professional career. Lamas has dropped three of his past four fights, most recently losing to Calvin Kattar via TKO (punches) at UFC 238 in June of 2019. Algeo carries advantages in both height and reach heading into the fight.
Needs new opponent
August 21, 2020
Lamas' opponent, Ryan Hall, has withdrawn from the Aug. 29 card due to injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Lamas' bout was moved back from March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it appears the two fighters won't end up facing each other on the new date either. Hall's team has indicated that the injury is considered minor and he should be back in short order, so it remains to be seen whether Lamas will find a new opponent next Saturday or if the scheduled bout versus Hall will be moved back.
Bout vs. Hall rebooked for August
July 2, 2020
Lamas' featherweight fight against Ryan Hall has been rebooked for a UFC event in Las Vegas on Aug. 29, MMAFighting.com reports.
Lamas and Hall were meant to face off at at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2 before the event was postponed, and the two featherweights will now get a chance to face off in August. It will be Lamas' first action since suffering a broken jaw in a loss to Calvin Katter via TKO (punches) at UFC 238 last June, an injury which required surgery.
Facing Ryan Hall in OKC
March 3, 2020
Lamas will fight Ryan Hall in a featherweight bout at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2.
Lamas was cleared in December and began his fight camp after being sidelined since early June after undergoing surgery to address a broken jaw. "The Bully" suffered the injury during his loss to Calvin Katter via TKO (punches) at UFC 238. Meanwhile, Hall has continued to struggle finding opponents for his submission-reliant repertoire, with his last bout coming in July with a unanimous decision victory over Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night in Sacramento.