Ricardo Lamas Not Getting Hopes Up for Aldo Fight Just Yet
Reports have surfaced about a potential featherweight title fight between Ricardo Lamas (pictured) and UFC champion Jose Aldo at UFC 169, the UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend event. For the challenger Lamas, he won’t get excited until he signs the contract.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Last week, reports surfaced of a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas to headline UFC 169 While UFC President Dana White was quick to assert that the fight is still in its initial discussion, many in the media are looking at the match up as a likely candidate for the UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend card.
For potential title challenger Ricardo Lamas (13-2), however, he’ll feel better once he actually signs a contract for the fight.
“I’ve gotten my hopes up before and been let down,” Lamas told FOX Sports, “so I’m just training, and I still treat it as if I don’t have anything booked yet. To be honest, there isn’t going to be any relief until I sign my name on that dotted line. As soon as I’m done signing my name though, I’ll probably throw up or something.”
Lamas’ reservation comes from his last scheduled bout, a shot at rising Korean featherweight, Chan Sung Jung, at UFC 163. The bout was set to be on the undercard of a featherweight title fight between the champion, Aldo, and Anthony Pettis. When Pettis pulled out of the Aldo fight with an injury, the UFC moved Jung, ‘The Korean Zombie,’ in to face Aldo for the title. That left Lamas without an opponent and without a fight.
When asked about his reaction if the potential title fight doesn’t come to fruition, Lamas told FOX Sports that not much would change.
“It wouldn’t drag me down – it wouldn’t end my life, it wouldn’t end my career – I’m still going to get where I want to be no matter what. That’s just the type of person that I am.”
Lamas last fought at UFC on FOX 6 in January of this year where he defeated Erik Koch via second-round TKO. The win was Lamas’ fourth straight victory since dropping from lightweight. It also improved Lamas’ undefeated record in the UFC to 4-0