Lerone “The Miracle” Murphy, 28, of Stockport, England earned his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The undefeated English mixed martial artist was one of the “UFC on ESPN 13” winners.
Competing professionally since 2016, Murphy made his UFC debut on September 7, 2019 at “UFC 242” where his bout against Zubaira “Warrior” Tukhugov, 29, of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia ended in a split draw. “UFC on ESPN 13” marked the Stockport native’s second bout in the promotion.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 13” took place on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on July 15, 2020 in the United States or July 16, 2020 in the UAE. In the fifth bout, Murphy fought Ricardo “Carcacinha” Ramos, 24, of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil in the featherweight division.
Rich Mitchell served as the referee. He put a stop to the featherweight contest after 4 minutes and 18 seconds in the first round when Murphy knocked out Ramos via punches.
This is the sixth time Murphy knocked out an opponent via punches in a professional MMA bout. Winning at “UFC on ESPN 3” improved his professional MMA record to 9 wins and 0 loss.
On the other hand, it was Ramos’s second loss in the UFC. He now has 14 wins and 3 losses.
“UFC on ESPN 13” is the second UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island. Twelve countries were represented namely Brazil, Canada, England, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Sweden, Tunisia, the UAE, the U.S. and Wales.
Murphy was one of the three fighters who represented England. Ramos was one of the two representatives of Brazil.
In the co-main event, Tim Elliott, 33, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA defeated Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit, 30, of Dallas, Texas, USA via unanimous decision. They fought in the flyweight division.
In the main event, Calvin Kattar, 32, of Methuen, Massachusetts, USA fought Dan “Dynamite” Ige, 28, of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA in the featherweight division. The former won via unanimous decision.