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UFC 253 Results: Hakeem Dawodu Defeats Zubaira Thukugov By Split Decision (Highlights)

The fight seemed close on paper and it certainly was in the octagon, but "Mean" Hakeem Dawodu comes out on top with a split decision win over Zubaira Tukhugov.

UFC 253 Results: Hakeem Dawodu Defeats Zubaira Thukugov By Split Decision (Highlights)

The UFC 253 main card opens up with an interesting match-up in the featherweight division. Hakeem Dawodu (11-1-1) faces off against Zubaira Tukhugov (19-4-1) live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

Round 1

Dawodu opens with a leg kick right away and circles to Tukhugov’s weak side, he misses with a right hand. Switch kick to the body lands for Dawodu. Tukhugov lands a big left hook but eats a low kick in the process. Tukhugov sprints into a flurry and pushes Dawodu against the cage. Tukhugov lands a nice combination and a left hook to the body. Dawodu answers with another low kick. Dawodu goes to the body and lands a left hook. Tukhugov comes back with a straight right hand down the middle. Tukhugov grazes Dawodu with a left hand and eats a counter right hand. End of the round.

10-9 Tukhugov

Round 2

Dawodu comes out with a body kick. Right hand lands for Dawodu but Tukhugov answers with an uppercut. Jab lands for Tykhugov, Dawodu lands a leg kick. Both fighters exchange left hooks. Dawodu keeps Tukhugov at bay with his Jab. Tukhugov attempts a takedown but gets stopped. Dawodu goes to the body. Tukhugov gets a takedown against the fence. Tukhugov lands some ground and pound. End of the round.

10-9 Dawodu

Round 3

Dawodu goes to the body right away. Dawodu feints and lands a leg kick. Head kick blocked by Tukhugov. Tukhugov rushes into a takedown but Dawody defends well. Big left hook lands for Dawodu. Tukhugov changes levels and attempts a takedown. Tukhugov keeps Dawodu along the fence but can’t get the takedown. Tukhugov attempts to take the back but Dawodu escapes. Dawodu goes to the body and lands a left hook to the head. The fighters clinch for a second. Dawodu taunts Tukhugov and stalks him around the octagon. Switch kick lands for Dawodu as the round ends.

10-9 Dawodu

Official results: Hakeem Dawodu defeats Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision (30-27;28-29;29-28).

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