Ricardo Lamas is in the same boat as much of the rest of the UFC’s featherweight division when it comes to describing Conor McGregor.
Lamas will try to inch closer to another shot at the UFC title next weekend when he faces Dennis Bermudez at UFC 180 in Mexico.
But “Notorious” came up – as he always seems to – during a recent interview with Submission Radio and Lamas.
“He’s a big talker,” he said. “I don’t really like his personality. I don’t know the guy for nothing, though. I just don’t like the way he carries himself.”
McGregor’s name has been floated around as a possible contender to Jose Aldo’s belt. He’ll fight Dennis Siver in January, but Lamas feels the cream of the featherweight crop should be on tap for McGregor before he reached the pinnacle.
“I think he’s need to fight me, Chad (Mendes), Frankie (Edgar) or Cub (Swanson) before he should get to a title shot,” Lamas said. “The thing about Conor, the thing I respect about him is that it takes a lot of balls to get up and say the things that he says and he backs them up. Even though I don’t like his personality, I can respect that and I was impressed (by his recent win over Dustin Poirier).
“I still think the UFC is kind of catering to his style and giving him fighters that match up with his style. We haven’t seen him against a tough, hard-nosed wrestler yet, which I think will give him lots of problems.”
For himself, Lamas (14-3) got back on track in June with a victory over Hacran Dias after falling to Aldo in February. His resume includes wins over Erik Koch, Hatsu Hioki and Swanson, giving him a 5-1 Octagon mark overall.