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Ricardo Lamas responds to being passed over for Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis - UFC on FOX 6UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas has been on fire at 145 pounds for awhile, picking up a quartet of consecutive wins including success against top contenders Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki, and most recently Erik Koch. However, while Lamas was busy punching opponents in hopes of earning a title-shot, Anthony Pettis was busy hitting buttons on his phone this past Saturday night to tell UFC President Dana White he was willing to come down from lightweight if it meant a crack at champ Jose Aldo.

Ultimately, Pettis’ approach was the more successful of the two, netting an August outing against Aldo at a yet-to-be-named event and leaving many to wonder about how contendership is actually earned including Lamas.

“I’m kind of sitting here like, ‘What am I, a mirage?’ That’s exactly what I Tweeted Dana White, actually. I’m just sitting here trying to figure out where I fit in in all of this,” said Lamas to MMAJunkie. “I’ve put in the work at 145 pounds. I’ve done everything I need to do, and I should be next in line for that shot.”

The 13-2 Lamas finished Koch with strikes last month, ironically seeing Knockout of the Night go to Pettis that evening for his drumming of Donald Cerrone. Prior to the loss Koch had been in line for a fight with Aldo before the bout fell apart due to injury.


  • moosebaby02 says:

    Man I feel for Lamas here. Its like he is getting the Hendricks treatment. Still I rather see Pettis vs Aldo. Then he can take on the winner

  • elsicilian says:

    No offense to Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki, and Erik Koch, but the quality of Pettis’ recent opponents (ie. Donald Cerrone, Joe Lauzon, Jeremy Stephens, Ben Henderson) is MUCH stronger. Waiting around sucks, but I don’t think that having dropped down to the shallower weight class a bit sooner (and thereby facing less dangerous opponents) should automatically qualify Lamas for a title shot. It seems like a lot of guys can compete at LW or FW (and a lot of natural FWs have competed at LW because they *wanted* tougher competition) so I actually give Pettis more credit for having taken all comers at LW than Lamas for having dropped down immediately.

    More to the point (and in large part due to his LW run) Pettis is a bona fide star and a former WEC champion, and that’s the fight people will want to see. Outside the hardcores, nobody even knows who Ricardo Lamas IS …


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