DENVER – Davi Ramos shot for the stars following his most recent win at UFC 224 in May when he asked for UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Instead, he got John Gunther at UFC Fight Night 139.
Although Ramos (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is just three fights into his UFC tenure, he felt ready to fight the unbeaten Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) “any time.” That time is not now, though, because he’s set to fight Gunther (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who is coming off a stint on Season 27 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.
The obvious disparities between Nurmagomedov and Gunther don’t need to be pointed out, but Ramos said he’s not upset with the matchup. He can ask to fight whomever he wants, but when the UFC approaches him with a formal offer, he said he accepts the name on the other side without argument.
“I never choose any fight,” Ramos told MMAjunkie. “At the beginning when I started fighting, I never choose any fight. … I am professional, and Gunther has a lot of fights in amateur before. In pro he only has seven fights, which is not so much. The only time I fight a guy that has less fights than me. All my fights the guys have more fight then me. I never choose a fight.”
UFC Fight Night 139 takes place at Pepsi Center in Denver. Ramos vs. Gunther airs on the FS1-televised portion of the card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Ramos is currently the largest betting favorite on the UFC Fight Night 139 card by a wide margin. His previous octagon opponents have had multiple fights of UFC experience, whereas Gunther only has a debut win over Allan Zuniga at the TUF 27 Finale. Ramos has experience on his side, and he said that and more will be the difference.
“I don’t see me (losing) to him in any situation,” Ramos said. “My striking is better than him, my wrestling is much better than him. He’s a wrestler-guy, but my wrestling is much better than him. And also my jiu-jitsu is much better than him. But fight is a fight. You never know. I prepare and he’s prepared for the fight. Let’s fight and see.”
If Ramos, 32, can emerge victorious from UFC Fight Night 139, he would be on a three-fight winning streak at 155 pounds. He may very well call out Nurmagomedov again afterward, because while he knows its a journey, he said the belt is the only thing he wants.
“I come to this game to be a champion here,” Ramos said. “I have my time to improve a lot of things. I have to come here more times, I have to fight here more times to get more confidence, but I know what I want to do. I really know where I want to go and be champion here.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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