It’s almost reminiscent to a Greek tragedy. The life of Ricardo Lamas inside the UFC has been both intriguing and sad. He is 4-0 inside the Octagon, and yet he still has not been promised a title shot against champion Jose Aldo. Some may blame it on his lack of “star potential” or the fact that he may not be known as well as Frankie Edgar or B.J. Penn. While some or all of that may be true, the man deserves a title shot.
Since coming over from the WEC, Lamas has beaten three fighters who many consider to be at the top of the charts when it comes to the featherweight division. The first was Cub Swanson, who Lamas beat by submission. Then came Hatsu Hioki, who fell by way of decision.
The most impressive win on Lamas’ resume came at UFC on Fox 6, his last outing inside the octagon. He looked very poised and impressive against Erik Koch, the man who was slated to fight Aldo before an injury got in the way. Lamas dominated the fight in the second round and was able to get on top and rain blows from above on Koch. The ref eventually stepped in and call the fight in favor of Lamas.
Looking at Aldo, the only worthy opponent he has yet to fight is Lamas. He has already beaten Chan Sung Jung, Edgar and Chad Mendes. One may argue that if Mendes makes it past Nik Lentz, then he should get a rematch. I don’t think that should be the case.
Lamas is the only man that should step inside the Octagon with Aldo next. End of story.
Anthony Cloud is a MMA Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @TheAceCloud.