Ricardo Lamas hobbles, beats Diego Sanchez in Monterrey “The Bully” showed power, precision, and patience in a unanimous decision win over the TUF champion.
Despite hobbling Sanchez (25-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) in the second round, Lamas (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) stayed patient and put together winning combinations to pitch a shutout on the judges’ scorecards.
The featherweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 78 event at Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The final scorecards were unanimously 30-27 for Lamas, who returned to the win column. From the outset, Lamas used his kicks to keep distance against Sanchez, who characteristically charged in straight lines, throwing flurries of punches. Lamas managed to time Sanchez as he reset, catching the veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 1” with a wheel kick. Lamas closed for the finish and traded punches, but thought better of it and backed away.
A straight left hand from Sanchez prompted Lamas to shoot. When that failed, however, Lamas went back to his kicks and scored his biggest strike of the fight – a low kick that hurt Sanchez’s leg. Retreating to the cage, Sanchez took heavy shots from Lamas. But instead of hunt for the finish, Lamas again went another direction, engaging in a spirited grappling exchange with Sanchez.
Lamas didn’t lose his composure in the third when Sanchez waved him in after another devastating low kick. After the judges’ scorecards were read, Lamas complimented the toughness of Sanchez, who limped out of the UFC’s octagon.
“I think this win solidifies my place in the division,” Lamas said. “I don’t think I’ll get a title shot next, but whoever they put in front of me to get a title shot, that’s who I want.”