UFC on FOX 26 tickets on sale this week, and $316 Canadian gets you cageside

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The UFC returns to Winnipeg next month, and tickets for the event go on sale this week.

Featuring a welterweight title eliminator in the main event between former champion Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets, in Canadian dollars, are priced at $316, $212.50, $179, $144.75, $111.75 and $77.50 and include fees. They go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.ca on Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets Wednesday 10 a.m. CT.

The co-main event is a featherweight rematch from a past title fight. Former featherweight champ Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will take on former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the co-feature.

In addition, UFC on FOX 26 features a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC).

UFC on FOX 26 includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas rematch co-headlines UFC on FOX 26; Perry-Ponzinibbio, Mein-Silva added

A featherweight rematch from a past title fight has been booked as the co-main event for the UFC’s return to Winnipeg in December.

Former featherweight champ Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will take on former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the UFC on FOX 26 co-feature, UFC President Dana White today told Canada’s TSN. The two first fought for then-champ Aldo’s title at UFC 169 in February 2014, where Aldo won a unanimous decision.

In addition to that matchup, UFC on FOX 26 has added a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC).

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

With the additions, UFC on FOX 26 now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Report: Rematch between ex-UFC champ Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas targeted for December

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Jose Aldo has been clear about his desire to return to the octagon in 2017. Thanks to a familiar foe, it seems he’ll be able to get his wish.

Brazil’s Combate.com says the ground has been prepared for a rematch between former 145-pound champion Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and contender Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) – who unsuccessfully challenged for the then-champ’s belt at UFC 169 in 2014. According to the report, both men have said yes to a meeting in December, but have yet to set a specific date.

Aldo’s original plan was to fight at UFC 217, which takes place in New York City on Nov. 4. But, also according to the report, the promotion opted for the following month after Lamas asked for more time. This would entail one of two likelihoods: UFC 218, which takes place in Detroit on Dec. 2, or UFC 219, set for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

While this means Aldo won’t get to fulfill his dream of fighting in Madison Square Garden, it’s still in line with his general return plans after a UFC 212 loss that saw him surrender the featherweight crown to Max Holloway.

The outlet, which spoke to the former champion Sunday during a non-related event in Rio de Janeiro, said the featherweight champ wouldn’t commit to a name – but did say he had a fight ready to go.

“It’s not 100 percent because we haven’t signed the contract yet,” Aldo said. “(But) it’s certain and I’m waiting for the day to fight.”

Although the first name linked to Aldo’s return wasn’t Lamas’, and rather that of fellow former foe Cub Swanson, this isn’t the first we’re hearing of this matchup either. Earlier this month, Aldo’s head coach and manager Andre Pederneiras addressed fresh rumors of the Lamas rematch with MMAjunkie.

According to Pederneiras, Lamas’ name had been brought up by the UFC after Swanson and his wife had a baby. But, by then, Pederneiras had yet to get a confirmation from them on Lamas’ end. Then alerted to a Tweet by a reporter who said Lamas had shut down the rumors, Pederneiras answered.

“I figured as much,” Pederneiras said. “Because I’m trying to follow up, and they’re not saying anything back. But Aldo wants to fight. And the last thing he heard from my mouth was that it could be Ricardo Lamas and it could be either Nov. 4 or December. So we’re waiting.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jose Aldo and head coach Andre Pederneiras weigh ex-UFC champ's future options

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Former UFC champion and avid sports fan Jose Aldo has always dreamed of fighting in Madison Square Garden. With UFC 217 looming, that dream could very well come true in Nov. 4.

All he needs is a dance partner for the New York City event. And that’s when it gets muddy.

Before losing the belt to Max Holloway at UFC 212, Aldo had already expressed the desire to stay active. With that unchanged by the loss, the first name that was thrown around was Cub Swanson’s (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC), whom Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC)  had met (and made quick work of) before – under the now-defunct WEC banner.

Swanson, whose only reply to the idea was a low-key jab, became a father shortly after. Then, another rematch started being rumored – this time with Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who’d unsuccessfully challenged for Aldo’s belt at UFC 169.

So, where exactly do things stand right now? Head coach and manager Andre Pederneiras explained.

“When we started negotiating way back, it was Cub Swanson,” Pederneiras told MMAjunkie on Friday. “But then he got pregnant. So he wouldn’t be ready for November, (which was) the date we wanted. November or December.

“So when I met someone else, they mentioned Ricardo Lamas’ name. They haven’t confirmed it yet. I think – I think that Lamas didn’t confirm it.”

When alerted to the fact a reporter had already spoken to Lamas, who dismissed the matchup rumors, Pederneiras replied.

“I figured as much,” Pederneiras said. “Because I’m trying to follow up, and they’re not saying anything back. But Aldo wants to fight. And the last thing he heard from my mouth was that it could be Ricardo Lamas and it could be either Nov. 4 or December. So we’re waiting.”

Aldo, who’d talked to reporters earlier that day, didn’t go into specifics of matchup negotiations; instead, he said he was expecting to hear good news from Pederneiras. He was quite clear on one thing, though: He wants to return soon. Hopefully, in New York City.

“It’s a dream of mine to fight there, especially at Madison Square Garden,” Aldo said. “I grew up watching boxers fight there. So, for me to fight at that venue, it’s historic, so I do want to be (at UFC 217).”

As for whom he’d like to meet on Nov. 4, Aldo doesn’t have a personal preference. He wants a fight – whether that means facing 145-pound contenders like Lamas or Swanson, or even accepting longtime lightweight Michael Johnson’s (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) recent invitation to be his first featherweight challenge.

“I think (a matchup with Johnson) is great,” Aldo said. “I see no problem with that. First, you have to talk to (Pederneiras). He’s the one who handles this. The more people saying my name, the better. That’s what keeps me up there. I see no problem.”

So if both Aldo and Johnson are down, it should be simple, right? Let’s just say that, after a learning experience with lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Pederneiras is skeptical as to how this one is going to pan out.

“Everyone talks,” Pederneiras said. “(But) when it’s go time, everyone stays behind the curtains. These guys, what they say in front of the cameras, they don’t say behind it – and these are words by the matchmakers.”

Before the loss to Holloway, Aldo had repeatedly expressed another desire: trying his hand at the 155-pound division. That, it turns out, is not yet out of the picture. But it seems the former champion has some unfinished business to tend to first.

“We have this idea of moving up,” Pederneiras said. “But Aldo wants to try the title for a third time. (He wants to) fight for the belt again. We think there’s a good chance. Because in my head, Frankie Edgar is going to beat Holloway. Because their games don’t go together. And then (Aldo) would have a third stab at the belt. He can win the title and then move up.”

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas discusses octagon future, would like 'TUF' coaching gig

After a perfect UFC 214 display over Jason Knight, former title challenger Ricardo Lamas now finds himself facing a tricky challenge that many top contenders can relate to.

Figuring out what makes sense next.

Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is riding back-to-back wins since a loss to current featherweight champ Max Holloway. His only two UFC setbacks before that came at the hands of none other than long-reigning ex-champ Jose Aldo and two-time title challenger Chad Mendes.

Ranked No. 5 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, Lamas is clearly a threat in the division. But, with two fights left – he thinks – on his current contract, he knows he has to make the right moves in order to get an even better deal next.

Beating his opponents, of course, is the ideal course of action. But who, exactly, is a bit uncertain for now.

“I haven’t heard anything yet,” Lamas told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think they might be waiting. There are some big fights coming up in the featherweight division. (Gilbert) Melendez is coming down. He’s a big name. We’ll see how he does against Jeremy Stephens.

“And then obviously if the (Max) Holloway vs. (Frankie) Edgar fight gets booked – I don’t know, man. We’ll see.”

While the booking hasn’t been made official, both Holloway’s manager and UFC president Dana White have indicated that former lightweight champion Edgar will most likely be the first challenger to the Hawaiian’s newly unified belt.

Considering his record, Lamas does see one clearer way that could end up meaning a title shot for himself.

“Edgar is the guy I haven’t fought yet,” Lamas said.

Aware of Holloway’s ability to evolve both in between and during his octagon showings, he won’t go so far as to pick a winner for that possible encounter. But if that happens to be Holloway, Lamas does see ways he can do better than the UFC 199 meeting that ended in a unanimous nod for the current champ.

“You always feel like you can do better,” Lamas said. “I feel like I didn’t really perform at my best that night. And it happens in this sport. You’re not going to perform at a 100 percent every time you go out there and fight.

“So I definitely think there are things that I could have done better and that I could do better if we ever rematch in the future.”

Another option could be Aldo, who was last seen being dethroned by Holloway at UFC 212. While the ex-champ has been angling for a rematch with Cub Swanson, who Aldo knocked out in the now-defunct WEC, Swanson himself doesn’t seem all that excited about it.

Would a rematch from their UFC 169 encounter be of interest, then?

“Anything is possible, man,” Lamas said. “The only thing that I want is options. Give me some options and let me see what’s best for me, for my career.”

As far as said options go, though, there’s some puzzle-solving involved. Especially considering a volatile – and often subjective – scenario in which simple rankings are not the sole determining factor, that can be a somewhat frustrating experience.

“Wrestling was so much easier,” Lamas said. “You go to tournaments, competitions. You’re seeded. You’re in a tournament. You win, you move on to the next one, and you fight the winner of the match below you. You keep going, and then the winners fight the winners.”

Asked about two possibilities a little further away from the direct title picture – Brian Ortega, who’s fresh off a UFC 214 finish of Renato Moicano, and Chan Sung Jung, who he was originally supposed to meet at UFC 214 – Lamas seemed open.

But then he added a request of his own to sweeten the deal.

“I’d like to do something that’s going to get me a little more – what about an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ with one of those guys or something,” Lamas said. “Get me on there as a coach. I’d like to do something like that before my career is done.”

Of course, being a “TUF” coach means spending a little extra time on the sidelines while the tapings unfold – which, for a 35-year-old fighter may not be ideal. But, when it comes to that, Lamas doesn’t seem particularly concerned.

“I’m Latino, bro. We age in reverse,” Lamas joked. “I’m like a fine wine.”

To hear more from Lamas, check out the video above.

And for more on the upcoming UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go towww.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2516 with Ricardo Lamas and Frank Trigg

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Ricardo Lamas and Frank Trigg.

Both guests were in-studio to co-host the entire episode. Lamas discussed his recent win over Jason Knight at UFC 214, while Trigg talked about his new passion: refereeing and judging MMA fights.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Frank Trigg and Ricardo Lamas in-studio

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Frank Trigg and Ricardo Lamas.

Trigg, a former UFC welterweight contender and member of the UFC Hall of Fame, and UFC featherweight contender Lamas, who is coming off a win over Jason Knight at UFC 214, both join the show in-studio and will co-host the entire episode.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Jason Knight explains how Ricardo Lamas' dad helped him deal with UFC 214 loss

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LAS VEGAS – After Ricardo Lamas spoiled his Saturday night, Jason Knight got his consolation from an unusual source.

Knight (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) had was coming off a TKO win of his own, over Chas Skelly at UFC 211, when Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) put a brutal first-round end to their UFC 214 featherweight scrap on Saturday. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Knight, who had in ex-title-challenger Lamas the possibility of a huge career step up.

The abrupt halt in momentum could have been a tough blow for the 25-year-old up-and-comer, but with the help of some perspective offered by his opponent’s dad, he seems to be taking it quite well.

“I feel fine,” Knight told MMAjunkie. “Something that helped me out a whole lot: I talked to Ricardo Lamas’ dad after the fight. His dad, he said, ‘Man, this loss would have been catastrophic for Ricardo. It would have put him way back on his career. Probably pushed him more toward retirement.’

“For me, this loss is nothing. I lost to the No. 3 guy in the world (in the UFC rankings). I’m No. 15. And I’m just now getting started. He’s close to the end of his run. And I’m going to bounce back so much stronger, man.”

Here’s the end of the fight (via Twitter):

The preliminary-card scrap aired on FXX from  Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Lamas, who’d most recently scored a submission win over grappling specialist Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 98, is now two finish wins removed from a decision loss to current 145-pound titleholder Max Holloway.

It probably helps his spirits that, when he spoke to MMAjunkie on Tuesday, Knight had just watched a friend and teammate Brandon Davis score not only a Dana White’s Contender Series 4 win over Austin Arnett, but looked impressive enough in three-round slugfest to earn himself a UFC contract.

“That’s Mississippi for you,” Knight said. “That’s our kind of fun. The guys from Mississippi, we’ve been throwing down like that our whole lives. That’s the only way we know how to do it.

“Now we’ve got three guys in the UFC. Mississippi – they aren’t know for UFC fighters. But give us five years; that’s all I’ve got to say.”

Other than that, Knight can also find solace on his own glass-half-full approach when it comes to setbacks. In his entire professional career, Knight has lost only three times – and those, he said, contributed more to his growth than the 20 wins on his record.

“If you don’t take nothing away from it, then yeah, you’re losing,” Knight said. “But it’s just a speed bump on the way to where I’m going. And I promise you, you’ll see me back better than ever.

“I won’t ever leave this sport until I’m something people are going to talk about for years and years. And make sure that I go down into that (UFC) Hall of Fame.”

To hear from Knight, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2502 with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, Angela Hill

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, and Angela Hill.

Felder, in Las Vegas to commentate for Dana White’s Contender Series 4 card, was in-studio to co-host the entire episode. Lamas is coming off a win vs. Jason Knight, which took place this past Saturday at UFC 214. Covington defeated Dong Hyun Kim in June at UFC Fight Night 111. Hill is coming off a victory over Ashley Yoder at last month’s TUF 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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UFC 214 winner Ricardo Lamas fine being an underdog on his way back to title contention

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ricardo Lamas is about to head into the world of juggling, but he thinks he’ll be able to hack it.

Lamas still has his sights set on another shot at the UFC’s featherweight title down the road, but he’s also about to make a big play toward his potential post-fight livelihood, as well. He’s about to open a UFC Gym location in the west suburbs of Chicago, not far from where he’s based.

“The next step, immediately, is I’m going to be opening up a UFC Gym in Naperville, Ill.,” Lamas told reporters this past Saturday night after his win over Jason Knight at UFC 214. “They’re almost ready – they’re locking down a space right now, and then we’ll get rolling. I didn’t approach them – it’s kind of been on my radar. After I found out they were opening up the gyms all over, I went and met with one of the owners in Chicago and got the contact info, and we’ve been talking about it for a while now. Now it’s starting to come together.”

Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) took out Knight (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a first-round TKO in the featured preliminary card fight at UFC 214, which took place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The fight aired on FXX ahead of the main card on pay-per-view.

One of the reasons Lamas may find running a gym a desirable career path, or at least a solid side hustle for now, is it would give him a chance to be around his wife and 2-year-old son more. The onetime featherweight title challenger said doing a big chunk of his training camp for Knight at MMA Masters in Miami was hard on him.

“It was a really long, hard camp, being away from my family and everything,” Lamas said. “I got pretty depressed there. Right now, I just want to concentrate (on them) and spend time with them.

“I’ve done it twice now. In my first camp, I missed my son’s first steps – I was in Florida. The second one, I left early and came back for like a week for my son’s second birthday and had to go back again. It’s tough. I need that release from my family after being at the gym. Going back to an empty apartment was just depressing.

Lamas said it’s possible he could one day stop splitting his training camps between Team Top Notch in the Chicago suburbs and MMA Masters – or he could figure out a way to take his wife and son with him, though the latter he admitted would be tough.

So for now, he’ll enjoy the downtime after his TKO of Knight, which gave him back-to-back stoppage wins after a decision loss to Max Holloway at UFC 199 this past June on Holloway’s run to becoming the current featherweight champ.

But at 5-2 after losing a title shot to then-champ Jose Aldo at UFC 169, and his losses coming only to Holloway and two-time title challenger Chad Mendes, Lamas could see his name start to get mentioned in the title picture with just a couple or three more wins. They may need to be impressive, though, given against Knight, he actually closed as a betting underdog.

“(I’m like) Rodney Dangerfield, man: I get no respect,” Lamas said. “I didn’t know I was the underdog. I’m used to it. Keep betting against me. I think if I just keep doing what I’m doing, I’ll eventually get back up there no matter who has the belt.”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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