UFC 199 will be held in the United Center on July 23. There will be two main events that night, as both the middle weight and flyweight championship will be on the line. However, the fight Elmhurst residents should be most excited for is the bout between Ricardo Lamas and Max Holloway. Lamas, the number four ranked featherweight according to UFC.com, is a alumni of Elmhurst College. A two time CCIW all conference wrestler, Lamas returns to his hometown and takes on Holloway, number three ranked fighter according to UFC.com, in a fight that is sure to put the victor in title contention.
“I think a victory over Halloway puts me right back in the mix after the winner of Aldo/Edgar unifies the belt with McGregor,” Lamas said in an email interview.
It’s been a long road for Lamas. Lamas had a decorated career while at Elmhurst, he graduated Elmhurst College in 2005 with a degree in Exercise Science. During his time at EC he won over 100 matches in wrestling and earned All-America honors.
“I can honestly say that without my time at Elmhurst College I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said.
“I am truly grateful for my time spent there and can say that going to Elmhurst College was one of the best choices I’ve made in my life,” he adds.
After he graduated Lamas decided to add to his illustrious wrestling background and become a mixed martial artist.
He started off strong winning his region in the ISCF (International Sport Combat federation) and then joining WEC (World Extreme CageFighting) where he went 4-2 with one knockout. In 2010 the UFC and WEC merged, Lamas has continued his success in the UFC and he credits his success back to his Elmhurst roots.
Lamas attributed his success to his coaches at EC, Steve Marianetti, Alex Pons, and John Jung. “Without them and their mentoring, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” says Lamas.
It’s been a long successful journey for Lamas and on July 23 he will look to add another victory to his record.