UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas will receive his show money regardless of whether the promotion is able to find an opponent for him at UFC 162. UFC president Dana White made the announcement following the UFC 161 post fight press conference.
“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.”
The gesture will soften the blow if Lamas is left without a fight. The featherweight lost original opponent, Chan Sung Jung, when Anthony Pettis was forced out of his UFC 163 bout with featherweight champion José Aldo and Jung was tabbed as his replacement. The news hurt Lamas in particular, since he was passed over for a title shot for the second time this year.
White personally called Lamas following the move, a move the fighter appreciated, and had words of encouragement for the fighter. Telling MMAJunkie:
“You have two guys who both could’ve gotten this fight and Ricardo, unfortunately, I know is bummed out. 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.'”
While Lamas in understandably disappointed, the delay could help him in the long run. The extra time could be used to shore up the holes in his striking game that Erik Koch exposed before Lamas scored the takedown and demolished him.
UFC 162 takes place July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by a UFC middleweight title fight as champion Anderson Silva takes on Chris Weidman. A featherweight bout between former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira will serve as the co-headliner.