ABU DHABI – Lerone Murphy beat Ricardo Ramos with a first-round TKO Wednesday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 13 in Abu Dhabi.
Take a look inside the fight with Murphy, who stayed unbeaten and picked up an upset victory for his first UFC win.
Result: Lerone Murphy def. Ricardo Ramos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:18
Updated records: Murphy (9-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Ramos (14-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Key stat: Murphy outstruck Ramos 24-10 to pull off the upset.
Murphy on the fight’s key moment
“I wanted to get it done within two rounds, but with respect to Ramos, I know how good he was – he was 5-1 in the UFC, and he’s a black belt. I knew he was a tough fight coming in, but I knew if I got my hands on him, I’d hurt him.”
Murphy on the “Fight Island” experience
“Dana White has done a fantastic job with keeping these fights on with what’s going on. I’m very grateful to even get out of the house and come to Abu Dhabi, where the hospitality is amazing. If ‘Fight Island’ comes back later in the year, I’ll be here.”
Murphy on what he wants next
“I wanted to prove that I belong here in the UFC. I plan to spend the rest of my career in the UFC, climb to the top, get into that top 15 and obviously one day be champion. I’m just going to go back, heal up for a month and then get back to training and grow and grow. That’s all I want to do: grow.”
To hear more from Murphy, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/07/lerone-murphy-belongs-in-ufc-knockout-ricardo-ramos-fight-island-video/