Welcome to the UFC: Austin Hubbard

UFC Rochester Austin Hubbard
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LFA champion Austin Hubbard will be taking on jiu-jitsu expert Davi Ramos in his promotional debut at UFC Rochester. Here’s what you need to know about the lightweight prospect.

The UFC is coming to Rochester, New York, on May 18. The event will be held in the Blue Cross Arena. The card is set with 12 bouts headlined by Kevin Lee and Rafael dos Anjos. The card also has three debuting fighters and many rising up-and-comers. Per Ariel Helwani it was announced that the UFC signed Austin Hubbard and booked him against Davi Ramos (9-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Denver, Colorado
Elevation Fight Team
2 Submissions (Rear-Naked Choke, Guillotine)

How Does Austin Hubbard Fare in the UFC:

Hubbard is a solid prospect at 27-years-old. On the feet, Hubbard has thudding leg kicks and does a great job mixing them with his strikes. He doesn’t have the stopping power but his pace and aggression break his opponents. Hubbard is a grinder who is always working and that is with outstanding cardio. He’s gone the distance five times and four of those were five rounds, going at the same pace the entire time. Hubbard is a better fighter once he gets the fight to the mat. He does have two submissions but it’s his top position and active ground and pound that is very good. What sets Hubbard apart from many prospects as I mentioned above is his superior cardio.

  • Striking: C+
  • Kickboxing: B-
  • Clinch: D
  • Wrestling: C
  • Grappling: B-
  • Striking Defense: C
  • Takedown Defense: A-
  • Cardio: A+
  • Biggest Strength: Cardio
  • Biggest Weakness: N/A

How Austin Hubbard Matches Up with Davi Ramos:

Ramos had a bad showing in his debut, but in his last three fights, he’s blitzed through the competition, finishing all by submission. Both have fought decent competition and have both lost to good fighters. Hubbard will have to fight a different fight than he usually does. The heavy forward motion from Hubbard will play in favor of Ramos. Ramos has phenomenal jiu-jitsu, so if the fight hits the mat, he’s in his world. Hubbard will have to use footwork and stay on the outside. Hubbard’s style plays into Ramos’ so I believe Ramos will get the win.