Zubaira Tukhugov picked up a big win over Ricardo Ramos on the UFC 267 prelims.
Lightweights Ricardo Ramos and Zubaira Tukhugov threw down at UFC 267, part of the preliminary card at the Abu Dhabi event.
While Ramos entered the night off a win over Bill Algeo, Tukhugov was looking to shake off a loss to Hakeem Dawodu — and competing for the first time in over a year.
Tukhugov began the fight by walking down Ramos, Ramos tried his best to establish his jab and keep Tughugov off of him to no avail. Eventually, Tukhugov landed a huge left hook that hurt Ramos, even if briefly. Tukhugov noticed that shot was working for him and landed it twice more, the latter of which busted open Ramos badly on a counter shot over his eye. Tukhugov was landing the left at will, but as he was going in near the end of the round he ate a hard spinning back elbow that rocked Tukhugov. It wasn’t enough to end the fight, but it got Tukhugov’s respect enough to see round two.
Ramos came out aggressive to start round two, as his late-round success seemingly shook him awake. Ramos landed several big hands one of which forced Tukhugov to shoot, but it was stuffed. Tukhugov began to find a home for his jab over the course of the round and after a furious start by Ramos, was beginning to be backed up to the fence. A close round was punctuated by a big takedown by Tukhugov to end the round.
Tukhugov came out pressuring to start round three, but Ramos eventually found his own success and tried to keep Tukhugov off of him with his right straight. Tukhugov was the more active fighter and was more diverse in his strikes, however, both were badly winded by the third round. Ramos eventually found a home for his body kick, but near the end of the round once again Tukhugov got a takedown to end a close round on the back of Ramos.
Official Result: Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ricardo Ramos via unanimous decision (29-28, 3x)