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Ricardo Alejandro Lamas (born May 21, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization. He trains with Team Top Notch in Elmhurst, Illinois. Lamas currently holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under 2007 World Nogi jiu jitsu champion Daniel Valverde.
Lamas’ father is Cuban and his mother is Mexican. The flags of these two countries are often displayed on his clothing during his fights.
Lamas graduated with a degree in exercise science from Elmhurst College in 2005, where he was a member of the men’s wrestling team and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Men’s Wrestling Championships at 157 lbs. During his collegiate wrestling career (2001–2005), he racked up over 100 wins. He was also a two-time CCIW Champion, and was named the CCIW’s “Most Outstanding Wrestler” during the 2003-04 season. Lamas returned to Elmhurst after graduation to serve as the assistant men’s wrestling coach.
Mixed martial arts career
On March 1, 2009, Lamas made his WEC debut at WEC 39 in Corpus Christi, Texas against IFL and WEC veteran Bart Palaszewski. Lamas took the fight with 4 days notice. Lamas controlled Palaszewski with superior wrestling and scored with excellent ground-and-pound to win a unanimous decision victory over the more experienced fighter. Lamas suffered his first loss against Danny Castillo at WEC 42 on August 9, 2009.
Lamas defeated James Krause via unanimous decision on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44. Lamas then faced Bendy Casimir on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47. He won the fight in stunning fashion by delivering a flying knee to KO Casimir in the first round.
Lamas defeated Dave Jansen via unanimous decision on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.
Lamas was expected to face Maciej Jewtuszko on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53, but Jewtuszko had to withdraw as he suffered a broken hand during training. Lamas instead faced Yuri Alcantara and lost via KO in the first round.
In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.
In his UFC debut, Lamas faced returning UFC veteran Matt Grice in a featherweight bout on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4. Lamas defeated Grice via TKO in the first round.
Lamas faced Cub Swanson on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1 Lamas won via second round submission after applying an arm-triangle choke, earning Submission of the Night honors.
Lamas was expected to face Dustin Poirier on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143, replacing an injured Erik Koch. However he then pulled out due to injury.
Lamas is expected to face Hatsu Hioki on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida.