Ricardo Lamas wants to fast-track his way to another shot at the UFC featherweight title and Jose Aldo.
To do that, Lamas knows there is one fighter out there that can help him: Conor McGregor.
Following a recent win over Dennis Bermudez, Lamas cemented his status as a Top-5 145-pounder. He talked with Submission Radio about his desire to face McGregor and how he plans to defeat him.
“He’s a big name in the sport right now, so I think the UFC is kind of protecting him, not giving him wrestlers and if he wants to get to a title shot, I think he needs to fight a wrestler before doing that,” he said. “All his flashy moves won’t work when he’s on his back getting punched in the face.”
Lamas (15-3) has picked up back-to-back wins since his early 2014 loss to Aldo via decision. Overall, he is 6-1 inside the Octagon, including finishes of Bermudez, Erik Koch and Cub Swanson.
McGregor has made an immediate impact and gotten inside the head of several of his opponents with his trash-talking, but that is one area Lamas isn’t concerned.
“There’s nothing that guy’s going to be able to say that’s going to get me riled up to the point where I’m angry,” he said. “I grew up in a house with six older brothers. I got picked on my entire life. If he wants to play this game, he’s going to lose and he’s going to lose horribly.”
As for how a future match with “Notorious” would play out, Lamas simply said, “(with) the ref pulling me off his unconscious body.”