Ricardo Lamas’ knockout loss to Calvin Kattar at UFC 238 was painful for more than just the usual sting of defeat.
“The Bully” revealed via Instagram that he underwent surgery on Monday to insert titanium plates in his jaw after it was broken in three places. Kattar finished Lamas with a left hook-right cross combination at the 4:06 mark of round one in their featherweight bout this past Saturday in Chicago.
The former title challenger managed to keep a sense of humor through the process.
“I suffered [three] fractures in my jaw during the fight. Been in the hospital since [and] had surgery yesterday,” Lamas wrote. “Titanium plates were installed. I asked the doctor to install small laster guns in my mouth that I could activate with my tongue and shoot through my teeth but he said that was impossible.”
A Chicago native, Lamas has lost three of his last four Octagon appearances. He revealed that he is expecting his third child in August.
“For my beloved city of Chicago, I’m sorry I let you down again, but I wanted to thank you all for the cheers you gave me during my introduction,” he wrote. “It gave me chills and I will never forget it. Chicago truly has the best fans.”