Ricardo Ramos vs. Lerone Murphy - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction

Ricardo Ramos vs. Lerone Murphy - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Lerone Murphy vs. Ricardo Ramos

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 8:00 PM (UFC Fight Island)

The Line: -- Ricardo Ramos -155 / Lerone Murphy +125 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Ricardo Ramos and Lerone Murphy face off in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 172 which will take place at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. Like the last few events, there will be no fans in attendance for this event. Both of these fighters are currently unranked. 

Ricardo Ramos has had a lot of success during his career. Ramos comes into this fight with a 14-2 record overall and since entering the UFC he has won five of his six fights. Each of his last two fights he has won, with the last victory coming in November of 2019 against Eduardo Garagorri. In that fight he had two takedowns almost four minutes into the first round, Ramos finished the fight with a rear naked choke. That was his first win by submission since entering the UFC. 

Ramos is averaging 3.05 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.16 significant strikes during the same time period. Ramos is also averaging 2.13 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and also 0.7 submission attempts during the same time period. In this fight, look for Ramos to get the fight to the ground early. 

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Lerone “The Miracle” Murphy comes into this fight with eight wins and one loss and the only loss came in his last fight. Coming into the UFC, Murphy had won eight fight in a row, and there was a lot of confidence heading into that fight. 

Murphy’s last fight came against Zubaira Tukhugov in September of 2019 at UFC 242.Murphy was competitive in that fight, but he was taken down six times in that fight and that led to a split decision loss. In this fight he is facing a competitor that wants to get the fight to the ground, and he is going to need to be better in that. 

Murphy struggled in the first fight of the UFC with takedowns and that is going to let him down big time in this one. Look for Ramos to control the fight with his takedowns and that will be enough to come away with a victory.

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Shane’s Pick Ricardo Ramos -155

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