Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at Brazilian Davi Ramos as he makes his UFC debut against fellow Brazilian Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Davi Ramos Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Age: 30 Height: 5-foot-8 Reach: 72.5 inches Weight Class: Welterweight Camp: Rizzo RVT Career Record: 6-1 Key Wins: Jose Quinones Key Losses: David Rickels Background The 2015 ADCC Champion, Ramos is an excellent submission grappler. He’s won half of his professional fights by submission, including a victory over former UFC fighter Juan Manuel Puig. Strengths

  • Good hands with explosive power
  • Decent wrestling ability with variation in takedown attempts
  • Has physical strength to grab and force opponent to the mat
  • Transitions beautifully on the mat

Weaknesses

  • Significantly undersized for the weight class
  • Relies too much and making up distance to strike
  • Striking accuracy is a real issue in a prolonged striking exchange

Fighter Grade Offensive Striking: D Striking Defense: D Knockout Power: C Athleticism / Speed: C Footwork: D+ Chin: D+ Offensive Wrestling: C- Takedown Defense: C- Submissions: A Conditioning: D+ Intangibles: C- Overall Grade: C- Matchup with Sergio Moraes It what should be a fascinating matchup, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Moraes takes on fellow BJJ star Ramos at UFC Fight 106. The quality of submission grappling in this matchup is perhaps the highest there ever has been in a UFC fight. Both of these fighters have excellent accolades, which makes this fight very tough to call if it goes to the ground. Both are capable of unorthodox submissions, and any slip-up by the other would see the end of the fight. On the feet, it’s also an interesting contest. Despite Ramos being undersized for this division, I think this is a good matchup for his debut fight. On the feet, he can be very competitive. Moraes struggles with inactivity on the feet, and Ramos can certainly win rounds on volume alone. Both guys have pop in their punches, so it could be a case of whose chin holds up the longest. I think this is a Pick’em fight, with no clear advantage for either fighter. With Ramos’ odds currently sitting at +165, I think that’s worth a play given just how similar the skill sets are for these two fighters. UFC Ceiling Ramos certainly is capable of having a lengthy career in the UFC. With a skill set very similar to Moraes, he’s a fighter that can mix in spectacular submissions and grinding decisions to win fights. Physically, I think he will be best suited for the lightweight division and could have success there, as opponents will have a difficult time preparing for him. But he will need to improve his technical striking if he’s going to be a potential Top 10 fighter in a division. Fight Film Check out Ramos in some of his most recent fights… Ramos vs. Claudiere Freitas Ramos vs. Jose Quinones