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Davi Ramos admits lessons learned after short-notice UFC debut

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ADCC 2015 photos Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Davi Ramos made his UFC debut on seven days’ notice and lost a unanimous decision to Sergio Moraes at UFC Fortaleza in March. Months later, he can’t wait to show what he can do with a full camp.

A decorated grappler and ADCC gold medalist, Ramos might return to the Octagon at the upcoming UFC event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 28, but is still waiting for an official word from the promotion. Yet, he decided to pass on defending his ADCC title in Finland in September to focus on his mixed martial arts career.

"I’m waiting for the confirmation of my next fight, waiting for the contract," Ramos told MMA Fighting. “I believe (my next UFC fight) will be close (to the ADCC), so my coaches decided that it’s better to turn my focus back to MMA. I really wanted to compete at the ADCC, but I have to respect my coaches."

Ramos says he didn’t even train for his UFC debut since he was on vacation for two weeks before the fight, and used the few days leading up to UFC Fight Night 106 to cut weight.

"The lesson I learned with that fight is that I have to respect my coaches when following a strategy that that’s not the same I usually use,” Ramos said. “I wanted to submit him, but I had to hold back because I didn’t train for that fight. I worked out twice to cut 15 pounds on short notice, so I couldn’t train. The lesson I learned is that I can also trust in my striking as much as I trust in my jiu-jitsu."

"I’ll do a lot better next time,” he added. "I can’t wait for it. This time I’ll be well-trained."

While he waits for a call from the UFC, Ramos will compete at the Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu-Jitsu scheduled for Sept. 9 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Competing at the 165-pound no-gi tournament, Ramos sees the grappling event as a way to stay active and continue to evolve.

"My focus right now is the UFC, but I’m a jiu-jitsu fighter,” he said. "If I stop training jiu-jitsu, my jiu-jitsu will drop. I don’t want to let that happen, so that’s why I stay active and training at the highest level."

Ramos’ first match will be against Nova Uniao’s Luan Carvalho, and he might face rising jiu-jitsu talents Edwin Najmi and Marcio Andre in the next matches should he advance.

"They are two young, hungry kids, but no-gi is completely different,” said the ADCC 2015 champion said of Najmi and Andre. "I’ve been competing for a lot longer than them, but they are two great athletes. And not only them, there are other athletes that are really tough. This division is complicated and hard, no matter where I compete."