Ricardo Lamas: I Beat Myself In The Aldo Fight
Top ranked UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas joined Majority Draw Radio during a recent interview to discuss his fight against Jose Aldo, and how Aldo didn’t beat “The Bully”, he beat himself.
“No, not at all, I felt fine (after sitting out). The only thing is, because it was a title shot, I was being a little overly-cautious and I wish I hadn’t done that. I didn’t really fight like myself and it cost me the fight. I beat myself in that fight. Jose Aldo didn’t beat me. But I know what I’d up be against again. I’m going to prove it against whoever I have to prove it to that I deserve another shot. I’ll be back in there with him.”
“What I took away from that fight is, never fight like that again. Fight like myself, play my game and do what I did that got me to the title shot. Know what I mean? I was running through people before that, and I need to get back to that. So it made me really hungry, it opened up my eyes. Sometimes you need a loss like that to better yourself as a person and as a fighter. It’s only a loss if you don’t learn anything from it. If you learned something from it, I consider it a victory in my eyes. So, it’s only going to make me better in the end. The whole experience was great, it was awesome being co-main event on a pay-per-view card and having all the attention on you. I loved it. Now that I know what I know, there was nothing he threw at me that hurt me. I didn’t feel like I was in trouble not one second in the fight. I know that he scored a lot more points or whatever, but I was in there. I was causing damage, too. When you hear the Joe Rogan play-by-play, and he says that the leg kicks I was throwing on Aldo, he says, ‘Aldo is checking everyone of those kicks.’ The types of kicks I throw on your leg, where I throw them, you can’t check it. If you lift your leg, I’m still hitting you in the same spot where I want to hit you. The people that were there after the fight, saw Aldo limping worse than me into the hotel after the fight. I was causing damage and if I have a chance again to get in there with him, I’d do a lot more. The only thing that held me back was, there was no aura from Aldo that held me back, it was in my own head. I was being too cautious. When I get in the cage, when the cage door closes, there is no man on earth that’s going to stand on the other side and intimidate me. I’m going to come forward at you the whole time, the only person that can beat is myself. And that’s what happened in that fight.”
Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas returns to action this Saturday against Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio.