168-pound world champion Luis “Beicao”
Ramos has joined the
Ultimate Fighting Championship and will make his Octagon debut
against Brazilian countryman Erick Silva
134 in Rio de Janeiro.
While not officially announced by the promotion,
Nova Uniao leader Andre
Pederneiras confirmed Monday to Sherdog.com that his fighter
has entered the UFC welterweight ranks. Word of Ramos’ signing was
first reported by Brazilian website Tatame.com.
Ramos takes the place of the injured Mike Swick,
who was forced to withdraw from his bout with Silva last week after
suffering tears of both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral
ligaments in his left knee.
An MMA veteran of nearly a decade, the 30-year-old Beicao has lost
only one of his last seven starts, a contentious unanimous decision
defeat to UFC vet Roan “Jucao”
Carneiro last October. Since then, Ramos has won three in a
row, conquering Watch Out Combat Show’s one-night April tourney
before recording a July 23 throttling of Dimitri
Silva, 27, will also make his first trip to the Octagon in Rio.
Widely considered one of Brazil’s finest prospects, the X-Gym
representative claimed the welterweight title of top Brazilian
promotion Jungle Fight last October by submitting Gil de
Freitas and Francisco
Ayon in a single evening. Silva has finished nine of his 12
victims and has not been halted in 13 professional outings.
UFC 134 goes down Aug. 27 at Rio’s 14,000-seat HSBC Arena,
headlined by a UFC middleweight title bout between champion
Silva and top contender Yushin