|Born||Ricardo Alejandro Lamas|
May 21, 1982
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Other names||The Bully|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Team||MMA Masters (2009–present) |
UFC Gym Naperville (2018–present)
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Daniel Valverde|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division III Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable school(s)||Hinsdale Central High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Lamas' father is Cuban and his mother is Mexican. The flags of these two countries are often displayed on his clothing during his fights. His father was the leader of a Cuban resistance movement under Castro regime, eventually managing to hide in the Brazilian embassy in Cuba before escaping to the United States. Ricardo is the youngest of six brothers. He went to Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois.
Lamas graduated with a degree in exercise science from Elmhurst College in 2005, where he was a member of the men's wrestling team and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Men's Wrestling Championships at 157 lbs. During his collegiate wrestling career (2001–2005), he racked up over 100 wins. He was also a two-time CCIW Champion, and was named the CCIW's "Most Outstanding Wrestler" during the 2003–04 season. Lamas returned to Elmhurst after graduation to serve as the assistant men's wrestling coach.
Mixed martial arts career
ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation
Lamas won the ISCF North Central Regional Title on April 26, 2008 in Loves Park, Illinois, USA when he defeated Cal Ferry via Guillotine Choke at 4:50 of round 4.
Lamas made his WEC debut on March 1, 2009 at WEC 39 against IFL and WEC veteran Bart Palaszewski. Lamas took the fight with 4 days notice as he replaced an injured Rich Crunkilton. Lamas controlled Palaszewski with superior wrestling and scored with excellent ground-and-pound to win a unanimous decision.
Lamas was expected to face Maciej Jewtuszko on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53, but Jewtuszko had to withdraw as he suffered a broken hand during training. Lamas instead faced Iuri Alcântara and lost via KO in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Lamas was briefly linked to a December 2012 bout with Frankie Edgar, however the pairing was scrapped after Edgar was tabbed as a replacement for the injured Erik Koch and face José Aldo at UFC 153.
Lamas was expected to face Chan Sung Jung on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. However, on June 14, it was announced that Jung had been pulled from the Lamas bout and would replace an injured Anthony Pettis to face José Aldo on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. As a result, Lamas was pulled from the event.
The title fight against José Aldo eventually took place on February 1, 2014 as the co-main event of UFC 169. It was revealed during the UFC countdown show that Lamas received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu during his training camp leading up to the bout. Lamas lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Lamas was scheduled to face returning veteran B.J. Penn on October 15, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97. However, on October 4, Penn pulled out of the fight citing an injury. In turn, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely.
Lamas was quickly rescheduled and returned to face Charles Oliveira on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale. The bout was contested at a catchweight of 155 lbs, as Oliveira missed weight by nearly 10 lbs. Lamas won the fight via submission in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Lamas was expected to face Chan Sung Jung on July 29, 2017 at UFC 214. However Jung pulled out of the fight in early June citing a knee injury. He was replaced by Jason Knight. Lamas won the fight by first-round TKO.
Lamas was scheduled to face José Aldo on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos. However, Aldo was pulled from the bout in favour of a rematch with Max Holloway two weeks earlier at UFC 218, replacing an injured Frankie Edgar. Lamas instead faced Josh Emmett. At the weigh ins, Emmett weighed in at 148.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the featherweight upper limit of 146 pounds and the bout proceeded at a catchweight. Emmett forfeited 20% of his purse to Lamas. Lamas lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Lamas faced Darren Elkins on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140. He won the fight via TKO in the third round. Shortly after the fight, Lamas revealed in a social media post that he had been fighting with a blood clot in his left leg and that he got blood thinning medication for the condition.
Lamas was scheduled to face Ryan Hall on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date The bout was rescheduled on August 29, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 175. However, Hall pulled out of the bout due to an undisclosed injury. Lamas instead faced promotional newcomer Bill Algeo. He won the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. Lamas confirmed his intention to retire from professional competition after the win over Algeo.
Lamas and his wife have three children.
Championships and accomplishments
- NCAA Division III All-American out of Elmhurst College (2005) NCAA Division III 157 lb: 6th place out of Elmhurst College (2005)
- CCIW two-time champion (2004–05) at 157 lb (out of Elmhurst College)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- International Sport Combat Federation
- ISCF Lightweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||20 wins||8 losses|
|Win||20–8||Bill Algeo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakić||August 29, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night. Retired after bout.|
|Loss||19–8||Calvin Kattar||TKO (punches)||UFC 238||June 8, 2019||1||4:06||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||19–7||Darren Elkins||TKO (elbows and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio||November 17, 2018||3||4:09||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Loss||18–7||Mirsad Bektić||Decision (split)||UFC 225||June 9, 2018||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||18–6||Josh Emmett||KO (punch)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos||December 16, 2017||1||4:33||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada||Catchweight (148.5 lb) bout; Emmett missed weight.|
|Win||18–5||Jason Knight||TKO (punches)||UFC 214||July 29, 2017||1||4:34||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||17–5||Charles Oliveira||Submission (guillotine choke)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson||November 5, 2016||2||2:13||Mexico City, Mexico||Catchweight (155 lb) bout; Oliveira missed weight. Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||16–5||Max Holloway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 199||June 4, 2016||3||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||16–4||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum||November 21, 2015||3||5:00||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Loss||15–4||Chad Mendes||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas||April 4, 2015||1||2:45||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||15–3||Dennis Bermudez||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 180||November 15, 2014||1||3:18||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||14–3||Hacran Dias||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens||June 28, 2014||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||13–3||José Aldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 169||February 1, 2014||5||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||For the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||13–2||Erik Koch||TKO (elbows)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||2||2:32||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||12–2||Hatsu Hioki||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida||June 22, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–2||Cub Swanson||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos||November 12, 2011||2||2:16||Anaheim, California, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||10–2||Matt Grice||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry||June 26, 2011||1||4:41||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Loss||9–2||Iuri Alcântara||KO (punches)||WEC 53||December 16, 2010||1||3:26||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||9–1||Dave Jansen||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 50||August 18, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–1||Bendy Casimir||KO (flying knee)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||1||3:43||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||7–1||James Krause||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 44||November 18, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–1||Danny Castillo||TKO (punches)||WEC 42||August 9, 2009||2||4:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Bart Palaszewski||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 39||March 1, 2009||3||5:00||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–0||Christopher Martins||Decision (unanimous)||IHC 12: Resurrection||November 8, 2008||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–0||Gabe Miranda||TKO (punches)||Warriors Collide 6||October 4, 2008||1||3:16||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–0||James Birdsley||Decision (unanimous)||Warriors Collide 4||July 19, 2008||2||5:00||Cripple Creek, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Cal Ferry||Submission (guillotine choke)||ISCF: Rumble in the Park||April 26, 2008||4||4:50||Loves Park, Illinois, United States||Won the ISCF Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||1–0||Jake Corry||Submission (guillotine choke)||FCE: Collision||January 25, 2008||1||1:49||Northlake, Illinois, United States|
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