After snapping a two fight losing streak, Ricardo Lamas’ sights remain firmly set on the UFC Featherweight crown.
On June 8th at UFC 238, Ricardo Lamas will take on Calvin Kattar. 3-1 inside the octagon, Kattar has won eleven of his last twelve outings and most recently stopped Chris Fishgold back in October. ‘The Bully’ is unfazed though, bringing a wealth of experience to the pair’s fast approaching fight.
“I’m approaching it like any other fight,” Lamas explained to Fightful’s Harry Kettle. “When you get to this level in the UFC there are no easy fights left. Everybody is on the same playing field right? All these rankings and stuff don’t really mean anything to me so I take every fight like it’s a title fight. Like it’s the most important fight of my career. That’s how I’m approaching this fight.
“I take Calvin very seriously, I’ve been training my ass off for him. I know he’s well-rounded, I know he’s dangerous. Good striker, taller, lengthy so I’ve been preparing myself adequately to deal with everything that he has.”
If Lamas’ preparation indeed leads him to victory, that’ll make it two straight for the former title challenger. Lamas has been incredibly consistent inside the octagon, winning nine of his first twelve UFC bouts before a pair of losses suddenly derailed him. Those setbacks can swiftly be erased by another win here though and that’s exactly what Lamas is predicting when all is said and done.
When asked where he hopes to be in 18 months, Lamas responded confidently. “A nice victory coming up on June 8th . . . and then making another run at that title. I want to get one more shot before it’s all said and done and hopefully I can get that to happen over the next 12 to 18 months.”
It’s unclear if another title shot indeed exists in Lamas’ future but if it does, a win feels pivotal opposite Kattar. That fight takes place at UFC 238. The event’s full card can be found here.
For Lamas' full interview with Fightful's Harry Kettle, check out the video above.