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Round 1: Peter Hickmott the official for this bout. Ramos opens with a front kick to the body and Makhachev responds with a rib-rattler of his own. Makhachev goes for a takedown off of a jab, he’s stifled immediately and the fighters reset. Neither man scoring with much besides low kicks. Straight left by Makhachev down the middle gets a big reaction from the crowd. Low output in round one so far. Makhachev circling and feinting. Left hand glances Ramos’s chin. Ramos doubles up on a right hook and it scores. Not much to evaluate through five minutes.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Makhachev.
Round 2: Ramos blocks a high kick and rushes in for a takedown, his first attempt of the fight. Makhachev standing strong, he goes for a Thai clinch and Ramos throws a few punches as he slips out of it. Makhachev with a jab. Crowd getting restless at the lack of action two minutes into the round. Makhachev scores with a counter-punch, then one to the body. Ramos answers with a jab on an off-balance Makhachev. 1-2 by Makhachev, straight left lands. Then another down the middle. He’s staying just ahead on the scorecards. Makhachev hits Ramos with a knee. We’ve got some blood on Ramos’s face. He’s having trouble staying out of the way of Makhachev’s left hand. Ramos looks to swarm but he can’t close the distance effectively.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Makhachev. Overall, 20-18 Makhachev.
Round 3: Ramos shows some urgency, he rushes in with punches. Makhachev gets the Thai clinch and rocks him with a knee to the jaw. He muscles Ramos down and he’s racking up points with ground-and-pound as Ramos scrambles to recover. Ramos eventually settles down with Makhachev in full guard. Makhachev’s arm is free for a moment and he lands a few short elbows. Makhachev just staying heavy with Ramos’s movement limited by the cage. Round three all Makhachev with 90 seconds to go. Ramos pivots his hips and attempts to sweep, Makhachev giving him nothing. Makhachev riding this one out from top position.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Makhachev. Overall, 30-27 Makhachev.
Official result: Islam Makhachev def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)