Former UFC featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas has formally declared his retirement.
Lamas teased his opportunity retirement from level of competition right after his selection acquire around brief-detect substitution opponent Monthly bill Algeo late past thirty day period. On Monday, the previous UFC featherweight title challenger made it formal, and defined how a lacking rosary aided him make his decision.
Lamas commenced by outlining why he generally carries a rosary into the Octagon with him when he fights.
“If you look at me struggle, you are going to know that I often have a rosary with me to the weigh-ins and to the walkout, and I’ll give it to my corner or no matter what,” Lamas advised MMA Junkie Radio. “In 2009, one particular of my brothers handed absent and he was residing in Arizona at the time. So when we got the news, me, two of my brothers and my father went out there to sort of collect his belongings, see him, type of establish him and convey him again. … I was in this little keep, type of like a Native American retail store, and they had a bunch of rosaries – small wood rosaries.
“So I picked a single up, a single for myself, one for every of my brothers, a person for my dad, and one for my brother who had just handed away. At his wake, I experienced the priest bless all the rosaries, and I gave just one to each and every of my brothers and we buried one with my brother. So that was sort of my way of bringing him with me to just about every struggle, simply because he was definitely very pleased (of me).”
Just after his penultimate battle, a knockout reduction to Calvin Kattar, Ricardo Lamas ended up misplacing his rosary. The reduction of this important item in the end factored into his final decision to hang up the gloves.
“After my past combat, simply because of my hospitalization, I was in the hospital, putting all my crap absent. I misplaced the rosary,” Lamas explained. “I did not know in which it was, and I variety of forgot about it because I fairly a lot only bring it to fights. And I’m receiving all set to go away for Miami, and mainly because I had to go straight to Vegas from Miami, I’m having anything completely ready to convey to the battle, like my flag, and I’m seeking for the rosary. I’m tearing my household aside and my spouse is helping me appear, and I could not discover it wherever and I’m like, ‘(Expletive).’
“So I just had to leave without having it. And the other nuts issue is that my brother passed away on Aug. 28, 2009. The working day of the weigh-ins was Aug. 28, and that evening, I experienced designed fat. So I’m on fat, I go to bed, I wake up about 3 a.m. just for the reason that I’m so thirsty, and I just commence scrolling as a result of Facebook and a person of my brothers experienced posted a comment on my late brother’s memorial webpage, and I commented on it, and I just started scrolling through pics of him and form of speaking to him in my head and expressing, ‘I know I really don’t have to have a rosary to know that you’re right here with me, and make sure you just view around me just a single additional time. I just want one more earn, and I’ll transfer on from the activity.’”
Amazingly, right after selecting to compete in a person very last battle devoid of his rosary, Lamas in fact located it in his suitcase.
“So the up coming early morning, I’m packing up my backpack, the backpack that I use every single day. I’m putting things in there, and the primary pocket flapped open up,” Lamas reported. “On the inside of of the primary pocket is another pocket with a zipper. The zipper was cracked it’s possible 50 percent an inch, an inch, and I’m just sitting down on the bed, and I look about and glimpse at the backpack and via that 50 percent-an-inch hole, I see a piece of the rosary in there. And I was like, ‘No (expletive) way.’ So I unzip it, stick my hand in and pull the rosary out and just commenced bursting out into tears.
“But after that occurred, I understood one thing huge was going to take place in this struggle. A single of my corners was remaining with me, and I tried out telling him about it and I could not even speak. I retained acquiring choked up. I was crying, and then he started crying, so I have never had nearly anything like that occur to me – if it was a coincidence … the identical working day that my brother passed absent … a several hours before, I’m pretty much chatting to him in my head and point out the rosary … I did not have it with me … and I assume it was just his way of letting me know he was still there. So he saved his assure to look at more than me, so I’ve acquired to adhere by my word, and I’m heading to cling up my gloves just after that functionality.”
Ricardo Lamas entered the MMA limelight as a member of the WEC roster, but obtained his major successes in the UFC. Though he in no way captured the promotion’s featherweight title, dropping a selection to Jose Aldo in his lone bid at that prize, he did decide on up victories over best flight foes like Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, and Diego Sanchez.
Congratulations to Ricardo Lamas and his team on an extraordinary MMA job!