UFC Minneapolis Results: Ricardo Ramos Takes Decision Win Against Journey Newson

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Ricardo Ramos Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Ricardo Ramos got back on track with a decision win against newcomer Journey Newson at UFC Minneapolis. Winning all three rounds, Ramos showed off his distance management, along with some sick spinning elbows.

Ricardo Ramos was not on a win streak when he was signed by the UFC, he just won at the right time. A submission victory in front of Dana White as part of the Lookin’ for a Fight show earned him a contract with the promotion. The Brazilian won in his first three Octagon appearances, including a brilliant spinning back elbow KO against Aiemann Zahabi. He’ll be looking to bounce back from a loss to Said Nurmagomedov.

Journey Newson is stepping in on short notice to replace Sergio Pettis, having just fought last month. Newson comes into UFC Minneapolis on a six-fight win streak that includes two submissions and three knockouts. The Californian has shared the cage with Benito Lopez and had an amateur fight against Ricky Simon.

Round 1

For the majority of round one, it was a battle at the range, where both threw a lot of kicks from the outside with both doing well. Ramos at a time did get a takedown, but Newson got back to his feet. Newson did go for a guillotine, but fell to his back in side control and both got to their feet quickly. The round ended on the feet, and Ramos closed out the round with a spinning elbow as Newson was crashing forward.

Cageside Press Scored the Round a 10-9 for Ramos

Round 2

Like in round one, round two started with a lot of time focused on distance control. It was Ramos who was finding his range at the longer guy. Newson landed a significant leg kick that looked to hurt Ramos a bit. The much shorter guy, Newson, was having trouble reaching Ramos with his hands coming up short by quite a lot. Newson was coming forward, but the counters from Ramos were very dangerous.

Cageside Press Scored the Round a 10-9 for Ramos

Round 3

Knowing he’s down two rounds, Newson came out whiffing big strikes looking for the big shot, but still his lack of range was showing. Ramos turned it into a ground battle, getting the takedown right into a guillotine from Newson. It looked tight, but Ramos escaped showing good defense.

Ramos did get a nice slam while controlling the back of Newson, but the fight resumed on the feet. With a minute left, Ramos landed a wicked combo of elbows, leading upward with the right elbow to come around the top, with the right elbow landing huge, dropping Newson to his knees. The fight closed with Ramos looking for the finish, landing a key right hand, but the toughness of Newson took him the distance.

Cageside Press Scored the Round a 10-9 for Ramos

Ricardo Ramos def. Journey Newson by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)