UFC Fight Night 118 Newcomer Breakdown: Ramazan Emeev

Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at the latest Dagestani fighter to enter the UFC as middleweight Ramazan Emeev takes on UFC veteran Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 118.

Ramazan Emeev

Hometown: Dylym, Dagestan, Russia
Age: 30
Height: 5’10”
Weight Class: Middleweight
Camp: Gorets MMA
Career Record: 13-3
Key Wins: Maiquel Falcao
Key Losses: None


The 30-year-old International Master of Sambo has won his last four fights overall with three of those wins coming inside the distance.


  • Constantly moving forward
  • Good footwork
  • Heavy knees in the clinch
  • Very strong submission grappler
  • Good work rate


  • Undersized for the weight class
  • Lacks heavy power on the feet
  • Defensive wrestling will be an issue against bigger opposition
  • First fight in ten months

Fighter Grade

Offensive Striking: D+
Striking Defense: C-
Knockout Power: D+
Athleticism/Speed: C
Footwork: C
Chin: C
Offensive Wrestling: C+
Takedown Defense: D
Submissions: C+
Conditioning: C+
Intangibles: C-

Overall Grade: C-

Matchup against Sam Alvey

In what I expect to be a competitive bout, Sam Alvey welcomes M1 Global Middleweight Champion Ramazan Emeev to the UFC. Alvey has been a slow starter throughout his career and tends to fight off the back foot in his bouts. This fight should be no different. Emeev tends to be the aggressor in his fights and likes to get his opponents against the cage to work in the clinch and secure takedowns. While Emeev will be seeking takedowns, Alvey has proven during his UFC tenure that he is very good at defending takedowns against the cage. I expect Emeev to struggle to secure and takedowns. It will likely be an ugly contest with a rather inactive Alvey fending off takedown attempts against the cage. This is a fight that will be rather tough to score and could see judges have difficulty agreeing on rounds. I do expect a long fight and one that should see the scorecards. I will be keeping my eye on the total odds once lines are released.

UFC Ceiling

Ramazan Emeev is a solid addition to the UFC roster. He can stand with UFC caliber middleweights, but he does his best work on the ground. He has strong ground and pound and has a savvy submission game. He is a bit undersized for the division, but should be able to have some success in the organization due to his strength, above average endurance, and ability to be competitive in various situations. He reminds me a bit of Andrew Sanchez, but with a better gas tank.

Fight Film

Check out Ramazan Emeev in some of his most recent fights:

Ramazan Emeev vs. Maiquel Falcao

Ramazan Emeev vs. Luigi Fioravanti

Ramazan Emeev vs. Anatoly Tokov


Written by Jay Primetown

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