Looking to get back in title contention, Ricardo Lamas is glad he’s fighting Charles Oliveira and not B.J. Penn.
Last month, Lamas was scheduled to fight former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion Penn in the main event of UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila. However, the UFC hall of famer suffered an injury less than two weeks from the fight that forced him out of his bout with Lamas, delaying his return from retirement.
The UFC went on to cancel the Manila event and rescheduled ‘The Bully’ to fight in Mexico at this Saturday’s The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale against Oliveira. Lamas believes this match-up makes more sense than the Penn fight.
“This fight makes more sense than the B.J. Penn fight because he’s [Oliveira] ranked in the top 10,” Lamas told MMA Fighting. “B.J. is a big name and everything, but he had one fight at featherweight and lost, so a win over him wouldn’t really move me up, it wouldn’t move me down, it would just kind of be the experience of fighting a hall of famer. With Oliviera, a win over him would get me a fight with another top-five featherweight and another win after that, I’m back in title contention.”
The 34-year-old Lamas said a win over Penn wouldn’t have helped his career, as fans were expecting him to get an ‘easy’ win over the Hawaiian. That’s why Lamas believes that for the most part things worked out in his favor.
“I wish I would have fought in October and got the fight over with already, but I think it did work out for the better,” Lamas explained. “Better opponent, I don’t have to fight in the complete opposite time zone of what I’m used to, and it’s in Mexico, so I think it definitely ….View full article
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