Ricardo Ramos is favored over Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 227 on Saturday in Los Angeles, California. This event is one of four on the UFC Fight Pass part of the preliminary Card. Ramos is 11-1 in his career, while Kang is 14-7 in his career. There are a total of five fights on the main pay-per-view card at UFC 227, with the headliner a bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. There are also a total of eight fights on the preliminary card with four on FX and four UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Ramos and Kang and UFC predictions.
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Ricardo Ramos (11-1, 2-0 UFC)
Ramos came into the UFC with a record of 9-1 and he has two wins and no losses in the UFC. He defeated Michinori Tanaka by unanimous decision and Aiemann Zahabi by KO. Ramos’s only loss in his career was against Manny Vazquez by submission in February of 2016. Ramos has been a pro since 2012 and has three wins by TKO/KO and six by submission. He is on a three-fight winning streak and has six first round finishes.
Ramos said this to bjpenn.com about his upcoming fight with Kang, “I think it’s a really good match and I like this style. He’s a ground fighter, so…he can strike, too but mostly his fighting is on the ground. When I fight some details of my opponent like, oh, he’s a ground fighter, so I’m going to train more takedown defense, for sure. I like to put me on tests like fighting on the ground with him because he’s good on the ground so I can be better than him on the ground, too, so I have to train. I like to try new things and try to be better where my opponent is best. I’m going to knock him out in the first round.”
Kyung Ho Kang (14-7, 3-1 UFC)
Kang came into the UFC with a record of 11-6 and he has three wins and one loss in the UFC. He defeated Shunichi Shimizu by submission, Michinori Tanaka by split decision, and Guido Cannetti by submission; while losing to Chico Camus by unanimous decision. Kang has been a pro since 2007 and has two wins by TKO/KO and 10 by submission. He is on a three-fight winning streak and has seven first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Ramos 3.23 / Kang 1.93
Accuracy: Ramos 47% / Kang 43%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Ramos 2.74/ Kang 1.58
Defense: Ramos 58% / Kang 56%
Takedown average: Ramos 1.67 / Kang 2.59
Accuracy: Ramos 50% / Kang 68%
Takedowns defended: Ramos 77% / Kang 77%
Submission average: Ramos 0.6 / Kang 1.6
I think there are two plays worth making in this fight. Ramos looks to be the better overall fighter and even at odds of more than 2-1, I think he is worth a play. I also can’t see this fight going the distance, so I will take the rounds to go under.
UFC 227 takes place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, with a men’s bantamweight match between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt as the event headliner. There are five fights on the main pay-per-view card and eight preliminary bouts, with four on FX and four on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View)
Bantamweight – T. J. Dillashaw -118 vs. Cody Garbrandt
Flyweight – Demetrious Johnson -515 vs. Henry Cejudo
Middleweight – Thiago Santos -375 vs. Kevin Holland
Women’s Strawweight – Polyana Viana -260 vs. JJ Aldrich
Featherweight – Renato Moicano -410 vs. Cub Swanson
Preliminary Card (FX)
Bantamweight – Pedro Munhoz -270 vs. Brett Johns
Bantamweight – Ricky Simon -125 vs. Montel Jackson
Women’s Bantamweight – Irene Aldana -320 vs. Bethe Correia
Featherweight – Matt Sayles -115 vs. Sheymon Moraes
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Flyweight – Alex Perez -150 vs. Jose Torres
Bantamweight – Ricardo Ramos – 220 vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Women’s Strawweight – Zhang Weili -250 vs. Danielle Taylor
Bantamweight – Marlon Vera -465 vs. Wuliji Buren
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