But that doesn’t mean he’s happy with his performance.
Ramos, who lost a close decision on a short-notice welterweight fight against Sergio Moraes in his Octagon debut earlier this year, finished Gruetzemacher only 50 seconds into the final round. But this happened following a sequence in which he slowed down in the second frame after dominating the first five minutes of the contest.
“I’m not satisfied with my fight because I was training way better than what I’ve done in the fight,” Ramos told MMA Fighting. “I really didn’t like the fight, I think I could’ve done way better.”
Ramos was fighting at lightweight for the first time since Dec. 2016, and believes the weight cut affected him during the fight.
“I was too heavy when I started my camp, so that affects a little, and I ended up getting tired in the second round,” said the Brazilian, who weighed around 180 pounds on fight night. “I expected an easier fight and it ended up being harder. I came back to the third round to finish him right away because the fight was getting tougher.”
A heavy favorite at UFC Fresno, the ADCC gold medalist also admits that he expected Gruetzemacher to be an easy opponent.
“I felt better than him everywhere after I watched his previous fights, so I was cool,” he said. “Focused, but cool, aware that I was better than him standing and on the ground, but he’s really tough. I hit him with heavy punches and knees but he kept coming like a robot.
“I wanted to show a lot more, so I can’t wait to evolve and get back in there to fight again. I believe I will be able to perform better in my next fights.”
Ramos has no timetable for his return…