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Ricardo Lamas has advice for UFC matchmakers: Stop protecting Conor McGregor and give him a wrestler

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Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, but can he wrestle?

That's the big question surrounding Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight needle-mover Conor McGregor, who still hasn't provided an answer despite four straight mixed martial arts (MMA) fights inside the hallowed Octagon.

Because?

Well, because UFC is "kind of protecting him," according to the No. 4-ranked Ricardo Lamas, who wants the "Notorious" trash talker to fight a wrestler before getting a 145-pound title shot.

From his conversation with Submission Radio:

"He's a big name in the sport right now, so I think the UFC is kind of protecting him, not giving him wrestlers, and if he wants to get to a title shot I think he needs to fight a wrestler before doing that. I think the big difference will be my wrestling. All his flashy moves won't work when he's on his back getting punched in the face. There's nothing that guy's going to be able to say to me that's going to get me riled up to the point where I'm like angry, you know what I mean? I grew up in a house with six older brothers; I got picked on my entire life. If he wants to play this game, he's going to lose and he's going to lose horribly. I've had a lot of practice at being made fun of and making fun of people back, and I've been doing that my whole life. So if he wants to play that game I'm fine with it."

Lamas is 6-1 in UFC and recently strangled Dennis Bermudez at UFC 180 in Mexico City.

In order to give McGregor a wrestler, the promotion would have to eliminate him from the 145-pound title hunt. "Notorious" is expected to be at the top of a very short list of contenders with a win over Dennis Siver -- primarily a striker -- at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 59 event on FOX Sports 1.

I doubt this guy would complain ... how about you?