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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 5 best UFC fights

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Khabib Nurmagomedov's 5 best UFC fights

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15 Sep 2018, 00:18 IST

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Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his UFC Lightweight identify towards Conor McGregor at UFC 229

We’re now only a subject of weeks clear of probably the most largest fights in UFC historical past, as UFC 229 will in spite of everything see the long-awaited struggle between UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and previous titleholder – and the largest famous person within the recreation – Conor McGregor.

Practically we all know how McGregor were given up to now and all about his largest fights – vs. Mendes, vs. Aldo, vs. Diaz, vs. Alvarez – however Khabib’s adventure has been a rather longer one, albeit simply as a hit. The Dagestani fighter is 26-Zero in MMA with 10 UFC victories thus far, and he’s crushed some absolute killers alongside the best way.

Here are Khabib’s 5 maximum spectacular performances within the Octagon.

#1 vs Thiago Tavares, UFC on FX 7 – 01/19/13

Nurmagomedov finished Thiago Tavares in just under two minutes
Nurmagomedov completed Thiago Tavares in just below two mins

Coming into his struggle with Thiago Tavares in January 2013, Khabib was once decided to ship a message to the UFC, the enthusiasts, and his fellow Lightweights. He’d in fact struggled relatively in his earlier struggle – a call win over Gleison Tibau – with some enthusiasts feeling Tibau must’ve been given the nod. And for this showdown, he was once stepping proper into the hornet’s nest – Sao Paulo, Brazil, the place a partisan crowd can be cheering Tavares on.

At the weigh-in, Nurmagomedov confirmed off his witty facet, as he wore a t-shirt with the slogan “If Sambo was easy, it’d be called jiu-jitsu”. It may’ve frustrated the Brazilian enthusiasts, however by the point the struggle came visiting, Khabib was once accomplished joking.

The struggle was once simply two mins previous when, after a brief length of feeling out, Khabib nailed Tavares with a large step-in left uppercut. The Brazilian went crashing down and after a chain of elbows – referee Dan Miragliotta letting the struggle cross on for too lengthy, to be fair – ‘The Eagle’ was once declared the winner via TKO.

The enthusiasts in attendance had been surprised into silence – partially in horror at a Brazilian favorite being stopped so violently, partially in awe of Khabib – and it was once abruptly crystal transparent that there might be no doubts – Nurmagomedov was once for actual.

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