UFC on FX 4: Luis Ramos Looking to Get Back on Track Against Matt Brown

Leon HorneAnalyst IJune 20, 2012

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UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida kicks off a UFC action-packed weekend this Friday.

After the stopover in Atlantic city, the UFC takes the show to Brazil on Saturday night for UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II. Despite being Brazilian, Luis "Beicao" Ramos will be in action on the under card of the FX event in New Jersey and the Brazilian gave his thoughts on his fight against Matt Brown and more to Bleacher Report.

Ramos (19-7-0) was on a three-fight-win streak before his debut in the UFC's welterweight division. Like many fighters who debut inside the Octagon, his wasn't an easy one. Ramos was knocked out 40 seconds into round 1 at UFC 134 last August against highly touted welterweight prospect Erick Silva.

After almost a year, Ramos is itching to get back inside the cage and show the world what he is capable of doing.

"I am very excited for this fight. I'm training since March and my team, the Nova Uniao, is always active and they make us always ready," Ramos told Bleacher Report. "In December I was supposed to fight Matt Riddle, but he was hurt, and now I'm rested and ready to go."

The fight with Riddle was an interesting situation for Ramos, as Riddle was sick the day of the fight and it was called off at the eleventh hour. Luckily, Ramos still got his money.

Despite the paycheck—after a loss like the one Ramos suffered at the hands of Silva—most fighters would want a chance to quickly get back to work and erase the bad memories.

"The defeat was really hard to take. I had not much time to be ready for the fight, but I have to thank the UFC for the opportunity," Ramos said. "Erick Silva is a great fighter, but I'm sure if I win this fight against Brown and win a few more, I will have my chance for a rematch with him and you can be sure the outcome will be different."

Ramos' road back to fighting Silva isn't starting with a gimme fight. Although his record of 14-11-0 isn't anything to write home about, Brown is a tough fight for anyone and has been a staple in the welterweight division since 2008.

Ramos was originally slated to take Riddle to make up for the UFC 141 debacle, but Riddle pulled up lame once again and Brown stepped in.

"The main difference for my training is that Riddle is left-handed and Brown is right-handed," Ramos said. "Matt Brown is an excellent athlete and comes in great shape, so I can say that this will be a great fight."

Hopefully Ramos is able to get himself back on track against Brown. A win will give Ramos some breathing room and a chance to get back on a win streak, which will lead him to bigger fights. Until then, Ramos wanted to thank his supporters for preparing him.

"I want to thank my team Nova Uniao, my master Andre Pederneiras, all my friends that give me great strength, Facebook friends who always encourage me and you guys for this opportunity."


Leon Horne is a writer for Bleacher Report and is part of the B/R MMA team.