In front of a friendly crowd in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Makhachev used accurate power strikes early and then a heavy-handed ground attack late to get the job done over three rounds. The scorecards read 29-27, 30-26 and 30-26 all in Makhachev’s favor and he wasted no time making his call for what he wants next.
“I beat today a very tough opponent,” Makhachev said. “I’m very happy to win this fight. Who wins [between] [Edson] Barboza or [Paul] Felder, I am ready.”
Both fighters were wary to engage for much of the opening round with Makhachev throwing the most effective strikes while Ramos was content trying to counter him. It was an incredibly low output for the first five minutes as Makhachev and Ramos were both trying to bait each other into stepping forward.
In between rounds, Ramos’ corner told him to “be first” in the exchanges rather than waiting on Makhachev, which led to a little more aggression. After a failed takedown attempt, Ramos then reverted to a similar stance as the first round as he sat back waiting for Makhachev to engage.
While his output was somewhat lacking, Makhachev started to connect with more of his strikes whenever Ramos opted to move forward. Late in the round, Makhachev connected with stiff left hand straight down the middle that staggered Ramos for a moment as blood flew from his nose
As the final round started, Ramos again came plowing forward and it backfired after Makhachev was able back up, grab the clinch and launch a devastating knee strike. The shot landed flush, putting Ramos down on the mat as Makhachev rushed to look for the finish.
Ramos found a way to survive but he was then stuck underneath Makhachev for almost the entire round as the Dagestani fighter stayed busy with his ground-and-pound attack.
When it was over, Makhachev celebrated his six-fight win streak with an adoring crowd in Abu Dhabi loudly cheering him on. Obviously, he’s hoping to take a decided step up with his next fight after calling for either Barboza or Felder next.