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Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight Ricardo Ramos only needed a month for his turnaround after losing a fight in March.
MMA Junkie was first to report the booking of Ramos (14-3) against Bill Algeo (14-5) at UFC on ESPN 22. The April 17 event is expected to be held in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as the last fight card before the promotion travels to Florida to put fans in the building again. The pairing has since been confirmed by other outlets along with Algeo himself on his Twitter page.
Ramos was originally slated to face Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC Fight Night 187 in March, only for Tukhugov to suffer an injury and fall out of the bout roughly a week before the match. “Carcarinha” will be looking to notch his first win this decade, as the Brazilian suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Lerone Murphy in 2020. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak where he recorded a decision over Journey Newson and then tapped out Luiz Eduardo Garagorri. In the latter, Ramos handed Garagorri his first career defeat.
A Cage Fury Fighting Championships and Ring of Combat vet, Pennsylvania’s Algeo aimed for the major stage on the third season of Dana White's Contender Series. There, “Senor Perfecto” was grinded out in a performance from Brendan Loughnane that drew derision from UFC President Dana White. Algeo bounced back with another win in CFFC to get a callup to the major league, where he came in as a replacement for Ricardo Lamas and took the fight to the ex-title challenger. Although he suffered a loss, he rebounded with a win over Spike Carlyle in November to propel him into this match with the Brazilian.
UFC on ESPN 22 goes down on April 17 presumably at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Capping off the card is a long-awaited middleweight tilt pitting “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 29 coaches Robert Whittaker against Kelvin Gastelum. Additional main card thrillers include a lightweight brawl between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose, while Alexander Romanov takes on Juan Espino at heavyweight.