With a four fight win streak in the UFC, number one contender Ricardo Lamas is planning on fighting UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo some time early next year. Even Lamas’ coaches have been public talking about they are certain that he will take on Aldo in his next fight, but Lamas says that he isn’t getting excited for any fight until he has signed on the dotted line for the fight. In a recent interview, Lamas talks about the frustrations of the last year or so, about his training during the break, and how its been tough to stay calm with all the online vitriol going on in the featherweight division.
Lamas told FOX Sports:
“I’ve gotten my hopes up before and been let down, so I’m just training, and I still treat it as if I don’t have anything booked yet. To be honest, there isn’t going to be any relief until I sign my name on that dotted line. As soon as I’m done signing my name though, I’ll probably throw up or something.”
“It’s been kind of frustrating. Coming off a fight like I had against Erik Koch, I was thrown in the limelight I guess – he was a former No. 1 contender, he was supposed to fight Jose Aldo for the belt, I beat him, and then I had that big fight set up with Zombie, and that whole things happened, so being out of the spotlight for almost a year now has been frustrating.
“On the other hand, it’s not like I’ve been injured. It’s not like I’ve been sitting here on my ass not doing anything – I’m been in the gym every day training. Being out of the spotlight has made me even hungrier to get back into the spotlight, so I’ve been using this time to re-focus myself, and get better as a fighter in the areas I need to improve on. I think when I finally make my return people are going to see the best Ricardo Lamas ever.”
“It’s been hard to bite my tongue and stay calm, but I’ve wanted this title fight for a long time. It’s in my reach now, and that’s what I just kept telling myself over and over, making sure I didn’t get lured into those stupid little arguments on Twitter like a 12-year-old girl. I stayed away from all that stuff, stuck to my guns, and hopefully it will pay off now.”
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