A UFC featherweight has decided to officially hang up his gloves.
At UFC on ESPN+ 33, Ricardo Lamas took on Bill Alego. The bout earned “Fight of the Night” honors and Lamas was awarded the unanimous decision victory. “The Bully” had been mulling over the possibility of retiring but now his decision is final.
Lamas appeared on MMAJunkie Radio and said that despite losing his brother in 2009, he always felt his presence through a rosary. Lamas lost the rosary and made a promise that his last fight would be against Algeo. He quickly realized that his brother was always with him in spirit.
“But after that happened, I knew something big was going to happen in this fight. One of my corners was staying with me, and I tried telling him about it and I couldn’t even talk. I kept getting choked up. I was crying, and then he started crying, so I’ve never had anything like that happen to me – if it was a coincidence … the same day that my brother passed away … a few hours before, I’m literally talking to him in my head and mention the rosary … I didn’t have it with me … and I think it was just his way of letting me know he was still there. So he 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 ends his career with a pro MMA record of 20-8. His victory over Algeo was his first win since November 17, 2018. Lamas began his career on January 25, 2008.