Just one-time UFC featherweight title challenger and WEC veteran Ricardo Lamas has officially retired.
Lamas, 38, introduced the news Monday on MMA Junkie Radio and later on confirmed it to MMA Combating. He leaves the activity with a 20-8 experienced record and 11-6 operate in the UFC that incorporates wins above Charles Oliveira, Diego Sanchez and Cub Swanson.
The selection comes significantly less than two months soon after Lamas outworked Invoice Algeo about a few rounds at UFC Vegas 8 to generate a unanimous final decision. In his 17th octagon visual appeal, he returned to the get column soon after a suffering a damaged jaw in a knockout loss to Calvin Kattar at UFC 238.
Lamas indicated he was looking at retirement immediately after his acquire more than Algeo. He mentioned he would seek the advice of with friends and spouse and children ahead of creating the official decision.
“Since my fight with Jason Knight, which was a few years back again, I’ve kind of been considering,” Lamas said. “I try to remember before that battle I instructed my spouse, I was like, ‘If I have a great overall performance in this battle, I could just simply call it a vocation.’ But the matter with this activity is you have a very good performance, and you have a acquire, and then you want one more one particular. And then it becomes like an dependancy and you just keep chasing those people victories.
“Obviously, around this final calendar year I have had a ton of ups and downs. My last struggle I endured my worst damage that I experienced to day, fracturing my jaw in two locations. I had to have surgical procedures. Just a ton of ups and downs in the past form of 12 months or two with my job, and I imagine that can be attributed to me kind of wrestling with the idea of hanging up the gloves. I really don’t know, I’m thinking like this now and I could wake up tomorrow and want to call Sean Shelby on the cellphone and see what he’s got following for me. We’ll see what occurs.”
Lamas instructed MMA Junkie Radio that prior to the Algeo battle, he had settled to retire right after returning to the earn column. In the working day foremost up to UFC Vegas 8, he solidified his choice as a tribute to his late brother.
The Chicago native’s profession features a 6-battle operate in the now-defunct WEC, which was afterwards absorbed into the UFC. A four-fight run in his early octagon career led to a title shot from now-former champion Jose Aldo at UFC 169. Lamas went the length with the all-time fantastic but lost a decision.
Immediately after UFC Vegas 8, Lamas explained he would like to be remembered for his professionalism within and outside the house the octagon.
“That I constantly left it in the cage,” Lamas explained. “Just like in this battle, it was a back-and-forth battle. But just by no means halting, and form of as fights progress on, I just get meaner and the dog will come out of me a minimal additional. Which is in all probability thanks to me currently being the youngest of 6 boys and just receiving crushed up to a issue exactly where I just began preventing again.
“I want to be remembered for a person that often gave it their all. I under no circumstances went in there and bullsh*tted, I never ever went in there and disrespected men and women. I just went in to conduct.”