After a couple of fights against opponents lacking in UFC experience, UFC Rochester winner Davi Ramos wants someone in the top 15 next.
Rochester, NY — For a winning fighter, Davi Ramos did not sound thrilled in his post-fight speech in the octagon at UFC Rochester. “It means a lot to get the win, but I’m not happy with my performance. I didn’t fight well today. I came to show what I have and I have a lot more than this,” the lightweight said after earning unanimous decision against promotional newcomer Austin Hubbard.
Ramos (10-2) elaborated on that feeling later in the night, speaking with media members including Cageside Press back stage.
“I’m disappointed with my performance, you know? I can do much more than I showed today.” Ramos likened the bout to his first win in the UFC, against Chris Gruetzemacher. Despite the win, he had a similar feeling after. “I push a lot of myself. If I don’t do it perfect, I don’t like it.”
Elaborating, Ramos added that “I put a lot of pressure on me. Maybe this is my bad thing. I put a lot of pressure on me, not in the fight, but I put a lot of pressure on me because I want to be the champ.” His performance against Hubbard, however, was not championship material, he feels.
Even in admitting there were some positives, Ramos didn’t sound satisfied. “For sure, I have a lot of things to say positive. My striking, I give some good kicks, I had some good takedowns, I give him a couple of good punches. The boy have a very, very hard chin. So I cannot knock out him.” Still, he finished by saying “it is what it is, you know?”
Despite his dissatisfaction with his performance, Ramos is looking ahead to what is next. While he won’t call out anyone by name, saying “I never choose one opponent” and “I fight against anyone. That’s the best thing,” one name ultimately does interest him.
“One day, if it’s possible to fight against Khabib [Nurmagomedov], yeah, for sure. I really respect him, he’s a real warrior,” Ramos said. “But I really want to test his wrestling against my jiu-jitsu.”
Before that, however, he’ll take “anyone, anyone, any top fifteen. I think I need a good test now. I don’t want to fight against the guys, you know, [having their] first fight in the UFC. I want to fight top guys right now.”
Watch the full UFC Rochester post-fight press scrum with Davi Ramos above!