Ricardo Lamas

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Ricardo Lamas
Born Ricardo Alejandro Lamas
(1982-05-21) May 21, 1982 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other names The Bully, 40 Chins
Residence Miami Beach, Florida & Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight (145 lb)
Lightweight (155 lb)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling
Fighting out of Miami, Florida
Team MMA Masters and Team Top Notch
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Daniel Valverde[2][3]
Wrestling NCAA Division III Wrestling[3]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 16
By knockout 4
By submission 4
By decision 8
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By decision 1
Other information
University Elmhurst College
Notable school(s) Clinton High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 10, 2012

Ricardo Alejandro Lamas (born May 21, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization. He trains with local powerhouse MMA Masters in Miami, Florida and Team Top Notch in Villa Park, Illinois. In December 2013, Lamas was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under 2007 World Nogi Jiu Jitsu champion and owner of MMA Masters Daniel Valverde.[2] As of August 17, 2015, he is #4 in the official UFC featherweight rankings[4] and ranked the #3 featherweight in the world by Sherdog.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Lamas' father is Cuban and his mother is Mexican. The flags of these two countries are often displayed on his clothing during his fights.[6]

College wrestling[edit]

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.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation[edit]

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.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

On March 1, 2009, 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.[8] Lamas controlled Palaszewski with superior wrestling and scored with excellent ground-and-pound to win a unanimous decision.[9]

Lamas faced Danny Castillo at on August 9, 2009 at WEC 42.[10] Lamas suffered his first defeat as Castillo won the fight via second round TKO.[11]

Lamas next faced James Krause on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44.[12] Lamas won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Lamas then faced Bendy Casimir on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[14] He won the fight in stunning fashion by defeating Casimir via flying knee KO in the first round.

Lamas defeated Dave Jansen via unanimous decision on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[15]

Lamas was expected to face Maciej Jewtuszko on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53,[16] but Jewtuszko had to withdraw as he suffered a broken hand during training.[17] Lamas instead faced Iuri Alcântara and lost via KO in the first round.[18]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[19]

In his UFC debut, Lamas faced returning UFC veteran Matt Grice in a featherweight bout on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[20] Lamas defeated Grice via TKO in the first round.[21]

Lamas faced Cub Swanson on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1.[22] Lamas won via second round submission after applying an arm-triangle choke, earning Submission of the Night honors.[23][24]

Lamas was expected to face Dustin Poirier on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143, replacing an injured Erik Koch[25] However, Lamas ended up injured as well and was replaced by Max Holloway.[26]

For his third UFC fight at featherweight, Lamas faced Hatsu Hioki on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida.[27] He defeated the heavily favored Hioki via unanimous decision.[28]

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.[29]

Lamas faced Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6.[30] Lamas won via TKO in the second round.[31]

Lamas was expected to face Chan Sung Jung on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[32] 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.[33] As a result, Lamas was pulled from the event.[34]

The title fight against José Aldo eventually took place on February 1, 2014 as the co-main event of UFC 169.[35] 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.[36] Lamas lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Lamas faced Hacran Dias on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[37] Lamas won the fight by unanimous decision.[38]

Lamas faced Dennis Bermudez on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180.[39] After dropping Bermudez with a jab, Lamas was able to secure a guillotine choke and earn the first round submission victory.[40]

Lamas faced Chad Mendes on April 4, 2015 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 63.[41] Mendes won the fight via TKO in the first round.[42]

Lamas faced Diego Sanchez on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale.[43] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[44]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "ricardolamasmma on Instagram: “Got a huge surprise today at practice! Was not expecting this, thank you Senei Valverde and Maestre Carneiro! Ossss!!!”". Instagram. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
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  7. ^ http://athletics.elmhurst.edu/mwrestling/roster/coaches
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