Ryan Hall-Ricardo Lamas Featherweight Pairing Rebooked on Aug. 29 UFC Card

By: Jay Pettry
Jul 3, 2020

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is putting back together a noteworthy featherweight fight.

Late Thursday night, Combate reported that the UFC has decided to match Ryan Hall (8-1) against Ricardo Lamas (19-8) again at featherweight. The two were set to meet in May, but the coronavirus pandemic scratched the event, and the matchup has remained intact months later. They will be squaring off at the UFC Fight Night card on Aug. 29, which will be held in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Grappling wizard Hall has competed less than once per year since winning Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2015. Since dropping his pro debut to Eddie Fyvie in 2006, Hall has not tasted defeat as a professional. This eight-fight win streak includes UFC wins over the likes of B.J. Penn, Gray Maynard and Darren Elkins. Most notably, Hall became the first fighter to ever submit former champ Penn, doing so with a heel hook in 2018.

Former title challenger Lamas has lost three of four, most recently suffering a first-round knockout at the hands of Calvin Kattar. Lamas’ only win dating back nearly three years is over future Hall triumph Elkins, finishing “The Damage” in the third frame in late 2018. Throughout his lengthy career that extends back to World Extreme Cagefighting, Lamas has posted victories over names including Charles Oliveira, Diego Sanchez and Cub Swanson.

The event on Aug. 29 will go down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, and while there is no headliner scheduled yet, a major light heavyweight battle between Anthony Smith and Aleksandar Rakic will take place on the card. Additionally, another match pushed due to COVID-19 has been relocated to this show, as Alexa Grasso takes on Ji Yeon Kim at strawweight.

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