Davi Ramos unhappy with UFC Fresno performance despite submission win

Jiu-jitsu specialist Davi Ramos scored his first UFC win on Dec. 9, tapping out Chris Gruetzemacher with a third-round rear-naked choke at UFC Fresno.

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.

“Gritz” was 1-1 in the UFC after competing on TUF 22, where he was finished by Artem Lobov. His last fight was a submission defeat to Chas Skelly at UFC Houston in February.

“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…

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