Featherweight Ricardo Lamas is 4-0 since signing with the UFC including wins over ranked opponents like Hatsu Hioki, Erik Koch, and Cub Swanson. However, he has been passed over on more than one occasion for a title-shot by men with bigger names despite Lamas being more qualified in terms of contendership.
The 30-year old doesn’t plan on letting that happen again, aiming to destroy Chan Sung Jung in a couple of months as a means of staking his claim once and for all. Lamas spoke about the match-up in a recent interview with Bleacher Report where his respect for Jung was evident, as was his desire to cream “The Korean Zombie”.
“I think he’s a very well-rounded fighter, but at this level, everybody is well-rounded. I don’t think he’s bringing anything that I haven’t seen before. He has a good submission game, but I roll on a daily basis with world-class jiu-jitsu guys, and it’s not something I’m afraid of at all,” said Lamas in an assessment of his adversary.
Lamas also discussed Jung’s lengthy injury-related layoff, stating he wasn’t sure how it would affect his foe though he did know how the yearlong absence would impact his own approach to their forthcoming fight – not at all.
“It could be a good or a bad thing for him. You are getting back into it, and that feeling of being inside the Octagon is something you haven’t had for awhile. On the other hand, the long layoff could make him very hungry and motivate him to train harder than he ever has before. It just depends on who is going to show up on fight night,” explained Lamas. “I’m preparing for the guy that is going to train 100 times harder, and that is who I’m looking to see.”
The 13-2 Lamas also owns past wins over Dave Jansen, Matt Grice, and Bart Palaszewski. Comparably, Jung is 13-3 and on an impressive run of his own, beating Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick, and Dustin Poirier in his last three tilts. Their bout will serve as part of the main card at UFC 162.
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