Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu standout, Ryan ‘The Wizard’ Hall will have to wait to make his much-anticipated Octagon return. The Virginia native has been forced to withdraw from a second scheduled matchup with one-time featherweight title challenger, Ricardo ‘The Bully’ Lamas – due to injury.
A short-notice replacement for the latter has yet to be found ahead of the UFC Fight Night Vegas event on August 29th. News of Hall’s withdrawal was initially reported by MMA Junkie reporter, John Morgan.
This is the second time of asking that a meeting of Hall and Lamas has been set, and subsequently shelved – with an initial tie between the two scheduled for a May 2nd. event – which was postponed amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet to feature since July last year at UFC Fight Night Sacramento – 35-year-old grappling ace, Hall took a unanimous decision victory over 145-pound mainstay, Darren ‘The Damage’ Elkins.
The victory marked three straight wins in the promotion for Hall, following prior success opposite former two-weight world champion, B.J. Penn, and former lightweight title challenger, Gray Maynard. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt won The Ultimate Fighter 22 lightweight tournament, with a unanimous judging win over SBG staple, Artem Lobov back in December 2015.
With three defeats in his last four Octagon outings – Chicago, Illinois native, Lamas looks to prevent a two-fight slide. The veteran wrestler last featured at UFC 238 last June, dropping a first-round knockout defeat to New England Cartel featherweight contender, Calvin Kattar.
A sixteen fight UFC veteran, Lamas has bested the likes of Cub Swanson, Erik Koch, Dennis Bermudez, Diego Sanchez, Charles Oliveira, Jason Knight, and common opponent, the aforenoted, Elkins.