Khabib Nurmagomedov Scores The Lightweight Title At UFC 223, Calls Out GSP

A lightweight title bout between undefeated Russian contender Khabib Nurmagomedov and streaking division contender Al Iaquinta featured as the main event of tonight’s UFC 223 fight card in Brooklyn, New York.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wrestling game is already super legendary, and that’s what he used to dominate Iaquinta and punish him with relentless ground and pound. Iaquinta worked to stand back up but every time Khabib would pull him back to the canvas.

Iaquinta got the best chance came in the third round and fourth rounds when the fight stayed on the feet. In between rounds, Khabib’s coach told him to get back to the wrestling, but due to fatigue and tiredness, the fight remained standing.

In halfway to round five, agitated Nurmagomedov shifted into overdrive, moving forward with kicks and flying knees before finally clinching another takedown. Khabib attack Al battered him for a couple min. In the end, Iaquinta was too tough to finish, the fight goes to judges, which is 50-44, 50-43 & 50-43 for Nurmagomedov.

The victory makes Khabib Nurmagomedov the UFC lightweight champion, a crown that belonged to Conor McGregor right up until the moment Nurmagomedov announced the winner.

Check out the highlights below:

Last round:

Post-fight speech:

Published on April 8, 2018 at 12:00 am
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