Ricardo Lamas: Ryan Hall shouldn't underestimate my ground game
Featherweight Ricardo Lamas fights submission monster Ryan Hall at UFC on ESPN+ 34 on August 29 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. During a recent appearance on MMA Junkie Radio, Lamas, who has a BJJ black belt and earned five submission wins, argued that his ground game can stand up against Hall's.
“It’s a regular part of my training,” said Lamas. “I do it all the time when I’m down in Miami and I’m doing one-on-one sessions with Daniel Valverde, who’s one of the best practitioners in the world when it comes to BJJ, especially in the no-GI.
So I’m very confident in my game, and I think I’ve shown my BJJ can hold up with the best out there. In the recent years, I submitted the guy who has the most submissions in the history of the UFC [Charles Oliveira]. So I hope he doesn’t underestimate my ground game.”
The pair were originally scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman on May 2 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but on April 9 UFC president Dana White announced that all scheduled events were postponed indefinitely, and it was officially canceled 11 days later. Lamas, 38, says his camp was better for this fight.
“That was a tough time," he began. "I was booked to fight Ryan Hall, and obviously the event got canceled, and we had to postpone it. They rebooked it for the end of August, so back then it was worse because I wasn’t coming into contact with anybody besides the person that was putting me through strength and conditioning, which was my business partner in the gym.
“But besides that, I was pretty much training by myself, hitting the heavy bag, lifting, running, and doing conditioning to get into fight shape. But now it’s better because I’m able to train with people all the time.”