Arman Tsarukyan, 23, earned his second victory in Ultimate Fighting Championship on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Fighting out of Armenia by way of Khabarovsk, Russia, the Armenian-Russian mixed martial artist was one of the “UFC Fight Night 172” winners.
Also called “UFC on ESPN+ 30,” “UFC Fight Night 172” featured 12 MMA matches on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island on July 19, 2020 in the UAE or July 18, 2020 in the United States. Tsarukyan fought Davi “The Tasmanian Devil” Ramos, 33, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the lightweight division in the second bout, which was refereed by Daniel Movahedi.
After three five-minute bouts, the lightweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges. Two judges saw it 30-27 while one judge scored it 29-28 all in favor of the fighter in the blue corner .
In the end, Movahedi raised the hand of Tsarukyan. The Khabarovsk native was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
It was the fifth time Tsarukyan’s won a professional MMA bout via unanimous decision. Winning at “UFC Fight Night 172” improved his professional MMA record to 15 wins and 2 losses.
Fighting professionally since 2015, Tsarukyan joined the UFC in 2019. The first opponent he defeated in the promotion was Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
On the other hand, Ramos has been competing in the UFC since 2017. He now has 10 wins and 4 losses.
“UFC Fight Night 172” was the third UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A total of 17 countries were represented namely Armenia, Brazil, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, England, Georgia, Iraq, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the U.S. and Wales.
Tsarukyan solely represented Armenia and he was one of the three fighters who represented Russia. Ramos was one of the six representatives of Brazil.
In the main event, Deiveson “Deus da Guerra” Figueiredo, 32, of Pelem, Para, Brazil and Joseph “The Beefcake” Benavidez, 35, of Sacramento, California, USA competed for the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship title.
The co-main event was a middleweight bout between Jack “The Joker” Hermansson, 32, of Norway and Sweden and Kelvin Gastelum, 28, of Yuma, Arizona, USA.