Dagestan’s Khabib Nurmagomedov proved that he is the one and only UFC lightweight champion, this past Saturday. ‘The Eagle‘ dispatched of his opponent, interim champion Dustin ‘The Diamond‘ Poirier, with relative ease. This win extended Khabib’s unbeaten record to a staggering 28-0.
With an estimated temperature of 99° Fahrenheit (37° Celsius) spreading across the arena, the main-eventers stepped into the Octagon, with the aim of unifying their titles. As the fight began, both men were cautious and aware of the other’s power. After some time, Khabib shot for a takedown, which ultimately got Poirier to the canvas. From there on out, the Russian proceeded to throw bombs and look for submission.
At the start of the second round, Poirier began landing more punches. During an exchange, Lafayette’s interim champ landed an right overhand that appeared to have sent the champ peddling backwards. However, Poirier’s efforts were for naught. Once again, Khabib took the fight to the mat and dominated his opponent.
The champ began round three with an early takedown attempt. Poirier, in response, decided to try a flying guillotine. Readjusting his grip, Poirier fell to the mat, the choke still tight. After another very respectable guillotine attempt from Poirier, Khabib slipped out of the choke entirely and resumed his onslaught. The undefeated Russian managed to sink in a rear-naked-choke, after taking Dustin’s back. Poirier tapped moments later, ending the fight in the third round.
In the post-fight interview, sporting a Dustin Poirier t-shirt, the still-undefeated Khabib said that – following a few days rest – he would be in negotiations for his next matchup. Presumably, that fight will be against former interim champion & clear no. 1 contender, Tony Ferguson. Despite 4 failed bookings in the past, fans are still hopeful that we will see the fight that will truly determine who the best lightweight on Earth is.
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