UFC Featherweight Ricardo Lamas Retires From MMA

Ricardo Lamas

What was already a twilight turned into the end for Ricardo Lamas. 

The former UFC featherweight contender hinted at retirement after his last fight before making it official on Monday.

This puts an end to Lamas' 12-year career which saw him compete in 28 professional fights.

Lamas Retires From MMA

Lamas stated that he promised he will call it quits if his deceased brother watched over him. He felt that his brother watched over him in his last fight which made him live up to his promise of retirement

"(My brother) kept his promise to watch over me, so I’ve got to stick by my word, and I’m going to hang up my gloves after that performance," Lamas said.

The 38-year old was scheduled to fight Ryan Hall on May 2, but the global pandemic caused the postponement of the card. The bout was rescheduled August 29 but it was Hall who had to pull out due to an undisclosed injury. 

Lamas faced Bill Algeo on late notice instead.

Lamas last fight

It was a tough fight for Lamas where he edged Algeo via unanimous decision. Both fighters earned a $50,000 bonus for winning Fight of the Night. Lamas hinted at retirement after the bout.

"Obviously, over this last year, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. My last fight I suffered my worst injury that I've had to date, fracturing my jaw in two places. I had to have surgery. Just a lot of ups and downs in the last kind of year or two with my career, and I think that can be attributed to me kind of wrestling with the idea of hanging up the gloves," Lamas said after the fight.

"I don’t know, I’m thinking like this now and I could wake up tomorrow and want to call (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby on the phone and see what he’s got next for me. We’ll see what happens," he added

Lamas made his retirement official nine days later when he appeared on MMAJunkie Radio on Monday,He thanked everyone that supported him from his family, friends, and trainers among all others.