Ricardo Lamas managed to lose without even entering the Octagon when it was announced last week that UFC Fight Night 97 was being cancelled.
Lamas was scheduled to fight a returning B.J. Penn in the main event, but Penn was forced out of the bout with an injury.
Instead of getting a replacement opponent, UFC scrapped the entire event altogether with less than two weeks to go.
“It sucked. I literally went through an entire camp, I was done training,” Lamas said on The MMA Hour (transcription via Bloody Elbow). “The only thing that was left was to cut the weight. I was already holding my weight pretty low, and to hear that, it stinks, especially with the holidays coming up. This is what I do to make a living.
“I want to give my family a nice Christmas this year, and to have that cancelled when you put in so much work, it’s discouraging. But, I try to push it out of my head and I know UFC will make it right and everything will work out.”
Lamas did not lose out completely though.
UFC announced that the fighters would receive compensation as a result of the cancellation, and also look to put the scheduled bouts on upcoming UFC events instead.
Without an opponent though, Lamas hopes he doesn’t get left out.
“They said they were going to compensate me. I don’t know the number yet or whatever. They are also trying to reschedule me. Sean [Shelby] says he has some calls out and hopefully sometime this week I’ll find out whether I’m gonna be fighting or not.
“If it were up to me, I’d be happy with my show and win money of course. I would be happy with my show money, but really, I came to fight. I put all of this work and I don’t want an entire training camp to go to waste. So, I am hoping that they find an opponent for me and get me on a card very soon.”