Polaris will be making a return to the traditional superfight format at Polaris 17 and now Craig Jones has a challenger for his Middleweight title in the main event, UFC veteran Davi Ramos. The promotion initially announced the return of the Australian grappler and his title defense while keeping tight-lipped about the man who would be attempting to take one of his two belts from him. Ramos represents a unique challenge for him however as he has not only done one better than Jones and won a gold medal at the ADCC world championships, but he’s also managed to use his grappling skill to forge a successful MMA career.
Jones certainly has the edge when it comes to youth as he’s right in the middle of his athletic prime, whereas Ramos is fast-approaching his 35th birthday and has been involved in high-level competition for over a decade now. Although Jones is generally more well-known for his elite leglocking abilities than Ramos is, he has amassed a number of victories by Toehold throughout his career. Ramos came into the UFC with a respectable 6-1 MMA record but has struggled to come out on the winning side of judge’s decisions in recent years and now finds himself at 10-4, riding two back-to-back losses.
Regardless, Ramos is still a legitimate threat to ranked fighters in the UFC’s Lightweight division and certainly has what it takes to present Jones with a difficult match when the pair meet on the mats at Polaris 17.
Polaris 17 featuring Craig Jones defending his Middleweight title against Davi Ramos will be streamed live on 9th October on UFC FightPass, click here to subscribe and watch.