Arman Tsarukyan made a statement at UFC Fight Island 2, dominating Davi Ramos en route to a unanimous decision win.
Davi Ramos’ last trip to Abu Dhabi did not go the way he wanted. Last September at UFC 242, the Brazilian had a four-fight win streak snapped by Islam Makhachev. And so Ramos was getting back on the horse, heading to Abu Dhabi for the second fight in a row, this time at UFC Fight Island 2 against Arman Tsarukyan.
Tsarukyan had gone 1-1 inside the octagon to date.
Ramos opened up with big pressure early, Tsarukyan fired back with some combinations of his own but Ramos’ shots seemed to have more on them early. Ramos shot in for a takedown and it was stuffed early, Tsarukyan landed some nice leg kicks in response.
Tsarukyan landed the first takedown of the fight and ended up in Ramos’ guard. Tsarukyan was very cautious in the guard of Ramos and didn’t try to posture up to land too many shots. However, he still had heavy top pressure and didn’t give Ramos much space. He landed a big right hand and then decided to bring the fight back to the feet, and ended the round with a great combination followed by a leg kick.
Ramos started the second round by letting his hands go, snapping Tsarukyan’s head back with a nice combination. He threw a flying knee and Tsarukyan was trying to do his best to avoid the big shots and landed a nice body shot of his own. Ramos beckoned Tsarukyan on and Tsarukyan responded by taking Ramos down. Ramos attacked the leg and got the fight back to the feet, but Tsarukyan started to land some more shots of his own. Tsarukyan was doing a great job of slowing Ramos down by chopping him down with some hard leg kicks and attacking the body as well. Tsarukyan went for another takedown to end the round but it was stuffed.
Tsarukyan opened up the final frame with some nice leg kicks and Ramos once again tried to bait Tsarukyan into a brawl — but he wasn’t falling for it. Tsarukyan was content to sit on the outside and pick Ramos apart, even knocking him down with a clean right hand. Ramos tried to step in and brawl in the pocket with Tsarukyan but Tsarukyan’s defense was on point. He was incredibly fluid on the feet and started to bloody Ramos up in the third round. Ramos shot in for a takedown in the final seconds, but Tsarukyan reversed and got a takedown of his own and ended the fight in dominating fashion.
Official Result: Arman Tsarukyan def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Per CageSide Press