A Featherweight showdown between Ryan Hall and Ricardo Lamas has been added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 174 event in Oklahoma City.
The event takes place on May 2 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Chris Weidman and Jack Hermansson are set to headline the card in a 5-round Middleweight bout. The newly added Hall vs. Lamas bout will likely also appear on the main card.
The UFC officially announced the addition of Hall vs. Lamas on Twitter.
“HE’S FINALLY BACK! @RyanHall5050 returns to face the always dangerous @RicardoLamasMMA ! #UFCOKC”
Hall has been trying to get an opponent lined up for months, but with no luck. He has been hoping to get a top-15 opponent. According to Hall himself, a few of Featherweight fighters ranked above him turned down offers to face him. Lamas is not currently ranked in the top-15, but the veteran is still respected and is a known name in the division, who could give Hall a good fight.
Hall (8-1) is currently ranked No. 13 at Featherweight. With 4 wins in the UFC over BJ Penn, Darren Elkins, Gray Maynard, and Artem Lobov, Hall also won The Ultimate Fighter 22 back in 2015. He is considered by many to be one of the top grapplers in the UFC Featherweight division. Hall’s heel hook win over Penn back in 2018 won numerous ‘Submission of the Year’ awards.
Lamas (19-8) made the transition to the UFC, when the WEC was acquired by the company in 2010. He has spent almost the whole decade as a perennial contender in the UFC Featherweight division. Back in 2014, Lamas challenged Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight title, but was not successful. Since then, Lamas has continued to compete at a high level, however in recent years has suffered a few setbacks, losing 3 of his last 4 fights overall. Despite this, Lamas remains a tough opponent for anyone, including Hall.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 4th March, 2020.