UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-6) was interviewed by Host Sean Lennon of The Fightlete Report. “The Bully” Lamas fights Mirsad Bektic at UFC 225 in his hometown of Chicago, June 9 at the United Center on pay-per-view. He’s down in Miami finishing his camp with MMA Masters. Lamas is also part of Team Top Notch in Villa Park, Illinois. Coming off a tough loss last December he’s looking to make his run against Bektic.
Below is some of the banter between Sean and the former #1 UFC featherweight title contender and Chicago native Ricardo Lamas.
Sean- Talk about returning to Chicago for this fight, being in MMA Masters then usually traveling to the event without seeing your family before how much you welcome sleeping in your own bed and living in your house during fight week while having your family and friends close?
Ricardo – “It’s going to be great. I actually don’t know if I’ll be sleeping much. I have the little one so they get up at the crack of dawn every day. So I may be spend nights at the hotel to get sufficient rest before the fight especially the night before the fight. I’m going to spend as much time as I can during fight week. But towards the end of the week there, getting close to the weigh ins and I get pretty skinny and scrampy. I don’t want to be yelling at my kids for no reason so I may be separating myself a little bit at that point.”
Sean- How do you feel about your opponent Mirsad Bektic coming off a big KO win over Godfredo Peppy, how do you plan to negate his hands and impose your will?
Ricardo – “He’s a tough dude but everyone’s a tough dude in this sport especially in the UFC there are no easy in the fights. I’m just going to get in there and show everyone that I’m one of the top ten featherweights in the word and find my way back up after a stumble in my last fight. It’s going to be a good opportunity to remind everyone that I am who I am and why I’m at where I’m at.”
Sean-How do you feel about the upcoming fight between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, are we seeing the next generation of the division in this fight?
Ricardo – “I think it’s going to be a great fight. Both guys are on a tear and both are young and hungry but they still need to watch out for the OG’s in this business.”
I am the host of The Fightlete Report Radio Show Every Tues 12-2pm C. I am an aspriring MMA journalist/broadcaster. Ive done the radio show for four years and I’ve covered HFC, RFA, Glory Kickboxing, and various regional events both pro and ammy. I also have been to the Arnold’s Sports Festival for the past four years as well. I am originally born in California but consider Chicago my home. Brock Lesnar was my favorite fighter coming into MMA but right now I have no specific favorite but I support Rose Namajunas, Daniel Cormeir, Stipe Miocic, and Dustin Poirier,