UFC 242 Results: Islam Makhachev Nearly Finishes Davi Ramos in Underwhelming Fight

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Islam Makhachev Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos did not quite deliver on the main card of UFC 242, but Makhachev continued his upward ascension.

Islam Makhachev is a close friend and training partner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and fights with a similar style. He is 6-1 in the UFC so far and looks to be a lightweight of the future. Davi Ramos comes into UFC 242 on a four-fight win streak with three coming by submission.

Davi Ramos went to the front kick right away and Islam Makhachev answered with a left body kick. Another body kick came in from Makhachev followed by a takedown attempt that was shrugged off by Ramos. A one-two landed for the southpaw Makhachev right down the middle. Makhachev stayed busy with a leg kick as Ramos was going with a patient strategy. A leg kick landed for Makhachev but Ramos fired right back with a counter hook. Ramos rushed in with an overhand as a largely uneventful round came to a close.

Cageside Press scored the round 10-9 Makhachev

Makhachev fired a leg kick to start the second round and Ramos countered with a blitzing combination. The Brazilian went for a takedown against the cage, but Makhachev stayed strong. The fighters separated and Makhachev landed a left straight. Another left landed for Makhachev, then a jab from Ramos temporarily wobbled him. The Russian snapped back quickly and began to land strikes with regularity. Left hands connected consistently for Makhachev, mixing in a leg kick at the end of the round.

Cageside Press scored the round 10-9 Makhachev

An uppercut landed right out of the gate for Makhachev. Ramos rushed in with wild punches, but Makhachev established a Muay Thai clinch and knocked him down with a knee while moving backwards. Makhachev jumped on top and began unloading with ground-and-pound. Ramos survived and began trying to roll for submissions and sweeps. Makhachev kept him grounded and maintained top position for the remainder of the contest.

Cageside Press scored the round 10-9 Makhachev (30-27 Makhachev)

Islam Makhachev def. Davi Ramos by Unanimous Decision (30-26 x2, 29-27)