Lastly carrying the UFC light-weight crown he has chased for years, unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov is on prime of the world proper now, and he’s able to defend that title in opposition to longtime rival Conor McGregor in the primary occasion of UFC 229 on October 6. It’s the largest battle of the 12 months, however earlier than UFC 229 rolls round, we’re going into the archives for battle experiences and UFC FIGHT PASS movies that present simply how dominant “The Eagle” is on battle night time.

UFC on FX – Kamal Shalorus (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

By Frank Curreri – “The Eagle” has landed, and his title is Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Making his debut in each the U.S. and the UFC, the highly-touted Russian upped his report to 17-Zero with a powerful dismantling of the usually immovable object that’s Kamal Shalorus. The Sambo standout dropped Shalorus within the first spherical with an uppercut to the jaw, then rained down punches however couldn’t land the shot that might have sealed the deal.

Opponents hardly ever put Shalorus, a world-class wrestler who was born in Iran close to the Russian border, on his again. However Nurmagomedov managed the feat a number of instances. The final of these events was within the third spherical, when the Russian escaped a guillotine, handed guard and sank in a rear bare choke that pressured the faucet out at 2:08.

The win places Nurmagomedov is elite firm. The one different fighter to defeat or end Shalorus is veteran light-weight Jim Miller.

UFC 148 – Gleison Tibau (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

It was an emotional win for Khabib Nurmagomedov, and rightfully so, because the 155-pound prospect scored the largest victory of his profession with a shutout three spherical choice over Gleison Tibau that upped his unbeaten report to 18-Zero and introduced him to tears in the course of the Octagon.

The celebs of the primary spherical had been the Brazilian followers chanting for his or her fighter and their nation, throwing in a track as nicely throughout the first 5 minutes. Within the cage, it was a stalemate, as Nurmagomedov tried however could not reach taking his foe down, whereas Tibau’s offense consisted of a pair flush counterpunches because the Russian got here in and threw vast.

Spherical two was a detailed one as nicely, however Nurmagomedov seemed to be getting somewhat nearer to Tibau (34-8) together with his punches, marking up the Brazilian’s face regardless of nonetheless getting tagged with counters that saved the veteran Tibau within the battle.

After one more nip and tuck session between the 2 lightweights to begin spherical three, Tibau obtained a takedown simply earlier than the halfway level, however he was unable to do something with it as “The Eagle” shot proper again to his ft. And in the long run it was Nurmagomedov’s aggression and pushing of the battle’s tempo that will have swayed the judges to award him the battle by way of unanimous scores of 30-27.

UFC on FX – Thiago Tavares (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Light-weight prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov made a serious assertion in the primary card opener, emphatically stopping veteran Thiago Tavares within the first spherical to enhance to 19-Zero as a professional.

After a tense feeling out course of as Tavares talked and Nurmagomedov used lateral motion whereas in search of a gap, the Dagestan native discovered the candy spot, sending Tavares to the mat with a brief left uppercut. An unanswered sequence of elbows adopted, with referee Dan Miragliotta halting the bout 1:55 into the battle.

UFC 160 – Abel Trujillo (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

By Laura Gilbert – Russian-born, AKA-honed floor monster Khabib Nurmagomedov made it 20 in a row with a three-round ragdolling of Abel Trujillo. The 24-year-old gained the light-weight bout with scores of 30-27 (x3) and broke the UFC report for many takedowns in a battle with 21.

The 2 saved much more distance than yesterday on the weigh-in once they needed to be separated, and the primary throw got here from Trujillo, who linked with a left. Trujillo got here ahead twice extra with strikes earlier than incomes a takedown. Nurmagomedov thanked him by locking in an armbar try, and as soon as Trujillo rolled out and stood up, Nurmagomedov took his again and threw him to the bottom eight instances in a row, by no means shedding his grip round Trujillo’s again because the Blackzilian stood. Trujillo rolled out on the final takedown and was shortly triangled, the place he stayed till the bell.

After one other round-opening standoff, Trujillo swung for the fences, however Nurmagomedov landed then took down Trujillo. Each males scored with haymakers within the ensuing alternate on the ft, after which the Russian Sambo champion obtained one other takedown on the All-American collegiate wrestler, adopted by one other cartwheeling journey that put him on Trujillo’s again with each hooks in. Although Trujillo briefly landed in prime place and teed off after one takedown, each males regularly obtained again as much as their ft.

Trujillo chased Nurmagomedov with a left, however was clipped by a counter and wound up securely within the Russian-born fighters’ bodylock, because the rinse-and-repeat takedowns tallied up towards 20. Nurmagomedov landed some knees on the bottom and combined it up with one high-altitude takedown and a suplex however was relentless in getting issues to the mat.

Nurmagomedov’s report stays excellent at 20-0, whereas Trujillo drops to 10-5. “I’m very sorry I didn’t make weight for the battle,” mentioned “The Eagle,” who sacrified 20% of his purse after coming in 2.5 kilos over the light-weight restrict. “I additionally wished to showcase my wrestling methods in help of the ‘Save Olympic Wrestling’ marketing campaign. Wrestling means rather a lot to me and we’ve got to do what we will to maintain it alive.”

UFC 165 – Pat Healy (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Rising Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov moved his excellent report to 21-Zero in the primary card opener, taking a hard-fought three spherical unanimous choice win over light-weight veteran Pat Healy.

“UFC, give me a title shot,” mentioned Nurmagomedov. “I’m prepared.”

Scores had been 30-27 throughout the board.

As promised, Healy (31-16, 1 NC) pressured Nurmagomedov from the opening bell, forcing the Russian to battle going backward within the early going. However as soon as “The Eagle” settled into the battle, he started giving again pretty much as good as he obtained with punches and knees, shortly reddening Healy’s face. After all, that wasn’t going to sluggish the Oregon veteran down, and regardless of getting lower beneath his left eye, he saved transferring ahead and swinging till getting taken down within the ultimate minute.

The tempo remained excessive within the second, with Healy stalking and throwing, and Nurmagomedov countering any probability he obtained. The place Nurmagomedov was in a position to get out in entrance was within the number of his assault and his grappling work, which produced one other late takedown.

Nurmagomedov shot for a takedown early in spherical three however was turned again, permitting Healy extra time to get his punches off. With a minute gone although, Nurmagomedov obtained his takedown and went to work. And whereas Healy obtained up halfway by way of the spherical, Nurmagomedov picked him up, carried him throughout the Octagon and slammed him, igniting the group earlier than the Russian grounded and pounded Healy for the remainder of the battle.

UFC on FOX – Rafael Dos Anjos (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 22nd win with no loss was one other dominant effort, as he shut out Rafael Dos Anjos over three rounds, snapping the Brazilian’s five-fight profitable streak within the course of.

All three judges scored the bout 30-27.

Nurmagomedov’s takedown dominance continued, as he put Dos Anjos on the canvas within the second minute, albeit briefly. And although the Brazilian tried to work a stick and transfer technique, the Dagestan native’s plan was to hurry with punches and get the takedown, a technique that was working for him as a result of even when he couldn’t get the takedown, he landed sufficient photographs on the best way in and managed the motion to such an extent at shut vary that the factors had been piling up.

An early second spherical takedown by Nurmagomedov virtually led to catastrophe because of a Dos Anjos guillotine choke try, however “The Eagle” pulled free and as soon as once more resumed management at shut quarters, placing one other spherical within the financial institution.

Dos Anjos confirmed loads of urgency as he got here out for the third spherical, figuring out he wanted to show issues round, and quick. However after some constructive early moments, a thudding takedown by Nurmagomedov put the ball again within the Russian’s courtroom, and he saved it there till the ultimate bell.

UFC on FOX – Darrell Horcher (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Again in motion after a sequence of accidents saved him sidelined for 2 years, quantity two-ranked light-weight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov continued so as to add to his unbeaten win whole, stopping late alternative Darrell Horcher within the second spherical.

Horcher, making his UFC debut, changed the injured Tony Ferguson on April 7. The bout was held at a catchweight of 160 kilos.

Nurmagomedov took a short while to get getting in his first battle since April of 2014, however halfway by way of the spherical, “The Eagle” scooped Horcher up and slammed him to the mat. There, the Dagestan native patiently took his time earlier than unleashing a sequence of elbows that lower the Pennsylvania product. Within the ultimate minute, Nurmagomedov took Horcher’s again and unleashed extra strikes, however the newcomer made it to the horn.

The bout went again to the mat inside 30 seconds of the beginning of spherical two, and this time, Nurmagomedov ended issues, with strikes from a mounted crucifix after which the again place prompting referee James Warring to step in on the 3:38 mark.

With the win, Nurmagomedov improves to 23-0; Shermansdale’s Horcher falls to 12-2.

UFC 205 – Michael Johnson (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov had hoped to battle for the light-weight title on tonight’s UFC 205 card, and whereas he didn’t get that probability, he most actually made a robust case for a championship battle with a dominant third-round submission of Michael Johnson that lifted his excellent professional report to 24-0.

Johnson set a quick tempo to begin the battle, tagging the No. 2-ranked Nurmagomedov with a number of exhausting lefts to the top. Nurmagomedov stayed within the pocket together with his foe, paying a worth to get inside grappling vary. However as soon as he did, he was in a position to return the favor and get Johnson in bother with a gentle stream of floor strikes. Within the ultimate minute of the spherical, Nurmagomedov unleashed a livid barrage of punches, even pushing his foe into the fence as he tried to rise, capping off a giant spherical.

As spherical two opened, Johnson’s strikes turned extra defensive in nature, as he tried to maintain the Dagestan native off him, however Nurmagomedov saved urgent, failing on his first couple takedown makes an attempt however ultimately getting Johnson to the mat within the second minute. Again on the canvas, Nurmagomedov went on the assault once more, drilling Johnson with shot after shot earlier than the horn intervened.

Courageously answering the bell for spherical three, Johnson exchanged blows with Nurmagomedov earlier than getting taken down, and referee John McCarthy was watching fastidiously as “The Eagle” landed extra photographs. Nurmagomedov even seemed to be involved for his opponent, saying, “You gotta hand over.” Ultimately, he needed to although, as Nurmagomedov sunk in a kimura that completed the bout at 2:31 of the ultimate body.

UFC 219 – Edson Barboza (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

On the day Khabib Nurmagomedov and his spouse welcomed a son into the world, “The Eagle” additionally secured his place as the highest contender for world title honors at 155 kilos, as he scored a dominant three-round unanimous choice victory over Edson Barboza within the co-main occasion of UFC 219 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas.

“If the UFC provides me one hour relaxation, I can battle proper now with (light-weight champion) Conor (McGregor) or (interim champion) Tony (Ferguson).”

Scores had been 30-25 twice and 30-24.

The No. 4-ranked Barboza (19-5) opened with a sequence of inside leg kicks as Nurmagomedov pressured him, and whereas it took a minute, he finally was in a position to lock up with the Brazilian in opposition to the fence. Barboza escaped the preliminary takedown, however with somewhat over three minutes to go, “The Eagle” put his foe on the deck and fired off exhausting photographs from the highest place. Because the spherical progressed, Nurmagomedov seemed to be getting stronger as he saved Barboza grounded, all of the whereas drilling his foe with blows that didn’t cease coming.

It was Nurmagomedov opening up with kicks to start spherical two, and if you add within the Dagestan native’s stress, Barboza was pressured right into a defensive mode as soon as extra. After a spell in opposition to the fence, Barboza gamely fired off punches, however Nurmagomedov walked by way of them and put the bloodied Brazilian on the mat once more, the place the bottom assault resumed once more.

The third was extra of the identical for Nurmagomedov, and whereas Barboza was in a position to land a spinning kick and a knee within the ultimate body, the photographs had no impact on the now 25-Zero Nurmagomedov.

UFC 223 – Al Iaquinta (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

There can be no Miracle on Atlantic Avenue for Al Iaquinta. Trying to catch prime contender Khabib Nurmagomedov napping of their UFC 223 primary occasion at Barclays Heart, the Lengthy Islander gave a gritty effort for 5 rounds, however the unbeaten Nurmagomedov was to not be denied, as he gained a shutout unanimous choice to win the UFC light-weight title.

The victory was the end result of a weird week for Nurmagomedov and the UFC, because the Dagestan native noticed opponents Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway each fall out of the title bout to find out a successor to Conor McGregor earlier than Iaquinta, who was initially scheduled to face Paul Felder on the cardboard, stepped in.

“Nothing modified,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “It doesn’t matter who in the event you’re prepared. Give me 30 minutes and I can battle with anyone.”

Scores had been 50-44 and 50-43 twice.

Iaquinta got here out in a low stance and caught Nurmagomedov with a fast proper hand earlier than tossing apart his opponent’s first takedown try. He wasn’t as lucky with the second, and Nurmagomedov went to work, briefly taking Iaquinta’s again earlier than the New Yorker obtained to his ft. He wasn’t there lengthy, as Nurmagomedov put him again on the canvas. This time Nurmagomedov was in a position to land a number of left fingers as Iaquinta sought daylight, however there was none there. By the top of the spherical, Iaquinta was on his ft, however his left eye was quickly closing.

Simply as within the first spherical, Iaquinta was in a position to keep away from Nurmagomedov’s preliminary takedown try of spherical two, however not the second, because the swarming Dagestan native was relentless together with his grappling assault. Halfway by way of the body, Nurmagomedov took Iaquinta’s again and commenced firing off punches as he fished for a submission. Iaquinta was recreation as anticipated and was in a position to make it out of the spherical, however he had few solutions for “The Eagle.”

After dominating the primary two frames on the mat, Nurmagomedov confirmed off a few of his putting recreation in rounds three and 4, bloodying Iaquinta’s face with a sequence of stiff jabs. The Lengthy Islander obtained in some photographs in retaliation, however they didn’t have an effect on the Russian, who put two extra rounds within the financial institution.

Down on the scorecards however not keen to collapse, Iaquinta had a few of his greatest moments of the battle early in spherical 5, as he landed strikes and prevented a Nurmagomedov takedown, however from the halfway level of the spherical on, it was Nurmagomedov surging again into motion and placing Iaquinta on the mat. And whereas Nurmagomedov did his greatest to complete his opponent within the closing minute, “Raging Al” wasn’t having it, as he was in a position to make it to the ultimate horn.

With the win, Nurmagomedov improves to 26-0. Wantagh’s Iaquinta falls to 13-3-1.

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