After Snapping His First Career Losing Streak, Ricardo Lamas Eyes a Return to Contender Status
By: Nathan Zur Nov 19, 2018
Lamas is back in the winner’s column with his emphatic
technical knockout victory over Darren
Elkins over the weekend at UFC Argentina, but the former
featherweight title challenger is pumping the brakes on any talk of
an immediate return to contention.
Lamas headed into last Saturday’s bout with Elkins on the heels of
the first back-to-back losses of his career, against Josh Emmett
last December and most recently a split decision loss to Mirsad
Bektic back in June.
“The Bully” was asked in his post-match interview if he was looking
at a potential fight against the winner of the featherweight
championship between Max
Holloway and Brian
Ortega. The 36 year-old dismissed any talk of a potential title
fight for some time with the veteran stating that he is focused on
getting back into the form of previous years when he was considered
one of the best fighters at 145 pounds.
“I think I’ve got to get a streak going before I do,” Lamas
“It was very important, especially coming off my last two fights,”
Lamas continued. “I lost two in a row for the first time in my
career. That kind of puts you in a dark place as an athlete and as
a fighter, and you have to fight off all those inner voices of
doubt that creep into your head.
“It was important to me to not only win this fight, but to perform
well and finish it.”