Conor McGregor doesn't seem to be good at making many friends, as yet another fighter lashed out at him in order to try and get a fight booked.
Ricardo Lamas told Submission Radio that he sees a potential fight ending via "the ref pulling me off his unconscious body." McGregor has spoken about Lamas before, telling him that he wasted his opportunity at Aldo but Lamas thinks he can rise above the trash talking to put away McGregor.
Would the UFC put the two together next year?
The likelihood of Lamas meeting McGregor is relatively slim in comparison to UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo or Chad Mendes, who would pose a bigger payday and draw for the UFC.
Lamas is a top five ranked fighter, but doesn't have much of a fan base in comparison to others and the UFC wouldn't want to risk McGregor on a relative 'unknown' amongst casual fans but that didn't stop Lamas' talking trash.
"He's a big name in the sport right now, so I think the UFC is kind of protecting him, not giving him wrestlers, and if he wants to get to a title shot I think he needs to fight a wrestler before doing that," he said.
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"He's a big name in the sport right now, so I think the UFC is kind of protecting him"
"I've had a lot of practice at being made fun of and making fun of people back, and I've been doing that my whole life. So if he wants to play that game I'm fine with it. I got picked on my entire life. If he wants to play this game, he's going to lose and he's going to lose horribly."
Yet a possible fight between the two is even more unlikely when you factor in that if McGregor comes up trumps against Denis Siver, then he could be put straight into a title shot against Aldo - especially after Cub Swanson lost to Frankie Edgar.
Swanson would've gotten a title shot with a win, but the UFC never said anything about Edgar getting a shot - most likely cause he's lost to Aldo once before.
McGregor the best of the beatable rest
It's a weak attempt from Lamas to try and get the attention of McGregor and the UFC matchmakers, who'll want big names, but the reasoning is sound as McGregor is the biggest and best fight for nearly all the top 10 in the Featherweight division.
While Aldo reigns supreme, not many can go in with the hopes of beating him, so they want McGregor, who brings just as much hype as a title fight, if not more, and that means a big payday for both winner and loser.
There's also the questions about his fighting and allegations that he's been protected by the UFC - the most popular rhetoric for why he shouldn't get a title shot. The reward for beating McGregor (most likely a title shot) is well worth the risk, especially when many don't see much, if any risk at all against him.
Yet, if McGregor walks into Boston on January 18, and comes out victorious, they might just have to let Aldo deal with him.
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