Ricardo Lamas was relaxed and at ease prior to his fight with Erik Koch Saturday night at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson. And, after taking advantage of an anxious Koch, Lamas pounced, scoring a TKO victory.
Lamas (13-2), who was competing in his hometown of Chicago, improved to 4-0 in the UFC with three stoppage victories.
“I am normally a nervous wreck before all my fights, but being home in Chicago, I was more at ease for this fight,” Lamas said.
Koch tried to take advantage of a slip by Lamas following a kick, but it was “The Bully” who ended up in the strong position. Lamas postured up inside the guard and hammered down with elbows, busting Koch open.
“If I get on top, you better watch out,” Lamas said. “I am not letting you up until you’re bloody or knocked out.”
Koch was set twice in 2012 to face UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, but it could be Lamas who gets the next crack at the belt now.