As you’ve likely heard by now, Oliveira came in nine pounds overweight for the featherweight contest. The Brazilian contender was fined 30% of his purse, and on fight night, he couldn’t be more than 165 pounds.
Lamas caught Oliveira with a second round, guillotine choke, and recorded his 17th pro win. After the victory, Lamas told MMA Junkie.com the following, while discussing the fact he wanted to fight on Saturday, no matter what.
“There was no question that I would take that fight,” Lamas said. “It wouldn’t have mattered if he was 20 or 30 pounds overweight.”
“Before he could finish the sentence and ask, ‘Do you still want to fight?’ (I said) yes, I still want to fight,” Lamas added, when relaying what he told a UFC official, when asked if he was still willing to face Oliveira. “The people of Mexico came to watch a good fight. They always support me, and there was no way I was leaving without fighting in that cage.”
Now, the bout wouldn’t have gone forward if Oliveira had weighed in at say 165 or higher. But, it’s obvious Lamas was eager to fight. The featherweight contender was scheduled to fight BJ Penn last month, but the latter went down with an injury. In addition, Lamas was looking to get back on track, as he was decisioned by Max Holloway in June.
UFC FN 98 took place in Mexico City, Mexico.