The UFC's No. 2 ranked 145-pound contender was just weeks away from a high stakes bout against Chan Sung Jung on one of the biggest cards of the year at UFC 162, and is now without an opponent for the event.
Some felt that Lamas, who is currently on a four-fight win-streak, was more deserving of the opportunity to challenge "Scarface" for the gold, but UFC President Dana White disagrees.
"You have two guys who both could've gotten this fight and Ricardo, unfortunately, I know is bummed out," White said following UFC 161 (via MMA Junkie). "And I told him, 'You're in that place that Chuck Liddell was in at one time. You're in that place that Carlos Condit was in at one time. And you're in that place that Johny Hendricks has been in. You will get yours. I promise you.'"
Even with promises of big things for his future, the problem still remains that Lamas has nearly completed his training camp for his expected July 6, 2013, fight and has no idea at this point if he will enter the Octagon inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on that date.
White says UFC matchmakers are doing their best to find an opponent that makes sense for Lamas on short notice, but if it doesn't work out "The Bully" will be pulled from the card and paid the show portion of his contracted fight purse for his troubles.
"I'm going to pay him his show money for July 6," White said. "We're still trying to get him a fight, but if we don't, he's going to get his show money no matter what."
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