While Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night event in Boston was mainly a showcase for Irish sensation Conor McGregor, who took his final step towards a highly anticipated title shot, several other featherweights were present at the event, biding their time.
Ricardo Lamas, a former title challenger in his own right, was one of those competitors. The featherweight was present in Boston on Sunday as a part of the announcement of his main event match-up against Chad Mendes in April. And while this ultimately meant that he would have to wait for a second title opportunity, he was not bitter about the UFC’s treatment of McGregor. For him, this is simply smart business on the part of his employers.
“McGregor has done a great job promoting himself and (Dana and Lorenzo Fertitta) are businessmen,” said Lamas. “They are trying to make the most out of it.”
However, he doubted McGregor’s ability against the near-perfect Brazilian.
“I don’t think he’s got what it takes to beat Aldo. Aldo is too technical; he is too hard to get out of position. He does everything the right way, and it is really hard to beat a guy like that.”
Since Lamas does not expect much from McGregor against Aldo, he will look to focus his attention on beating Mendes and securing a second shot at the division’s kingpin.
“I match up well with anybody. Chad has got a similar style to a Dennis Bermudez – short, compact, good wrestler, strong hitter – I’ll be ready for him.”
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