Ricardo “The Bully” Alejandro Lamas is an American mixed martial artist born on the 21st of May 1982, who fights in the UFC featherweight division. Lamas has a black belt in BJJ under BJJ champion Daniel Valverde.
Ricardo Lamas is of Cuban and Mexican descent and went to Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. He earned All-American honors at division 3 in the NCAA at 157 lbs. He has over 100 wins in his collegiate wrestling career.
Ricardo Lamas career before the UFC
Ricardo Lamas made his pro MMA debut in January of 2008 and five straight fights in his first year as a professional. The winning streak attracted the attention of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) who signed him for a debut in March of 2009.
He made his WEC debut against highly touted Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski at WEC 39 – Brown vs. Garcia and won the fight by unanimous decision.
In his next fight he would suffer the first loss of his career to Danny “Last Call” Castillo, a TKO due to punches in the second round. Lamas rebounded from the loss with three straight wins.
Ricardo Lamas fought his final WEC fight at WEC 53 against fellow UFC featherweight Iuri Alcantara.
Ricardo Lamas in the UFC
Ricardo Lamas made his UFC debut versus Matt Grice at UFC Live 4 – Kongo vs. Barry. Lamas won his debut by TKO by head kick and punches in the first round. He won three more fights, finishing Cub Swanson and Eric Koch.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Jose Aldo
Ricardo Lamas faced Jose Aldo in the co-main event of UFC 169 – Barao vs. Faber. In the countdown to the fight they showed Lamas getting his black belt in BJJ. Sadly it didn’t help him much as Aldo won by a dominating unanimous decision.
Lamas rebounded against Hacran Dias who he beat by unanimous decision. In his next fight he finished featherweight contender Dennis Bermudez after connecting with a hard jab that stunned Bermudez, and locking in a guillotine choke.
His second loss in the UFC came to Chad “Money” Mendes at UFC Fight Night 63 – Mendes vs. Lamas by TKO in the first round. He defeated Diego Sanchez and lost to future champion “Blessed” Max Holloway.
The last 15 seconds of Lamas vs. Holloway was magic. The two stood toe-to-toe and bit down on their mouth pieces and swung for the fences.
At time of writing, the Holloway loss was the last of his career. Ricardo Lamas is currently on a 2 fight win streak, with wins over Charles Oliveira and Jason “The Kid” Knight.
Ricardo Lamas’ next fight in UFC
Ricardo Lamas has no fight scheduled at the moment.