Undefeated Russian UFC star suffers serious knockout (VIDEO) – RT Sport News


Umar Nurmagomedov extended his undefeated streak with a win in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

UFC boss Dana White says lightweight contender Umar Nurmagomedov is on the rise “Ready for anything” after the Russian knocked out Brazil’s Raoni Barcelos in the first round at UFC Fight Night 217 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Nurmagomedov floored Barcelos with a left hook after kicking 20 seconds into the first round. The Russian landed a jab, but Barcelos was out cold when referee Jason Herzog stopped the fight.

Dagestan star Nurmagomedov was without his famous cousin Khabib in his corner at UFC Apex, the retired bantamweight legend decided to retire from MMA this year, but the 27-year-old did a great job. extending his career undefeated record in the UFC Octagon to 4-0 and 16-0 overall.

UFC president White said in his post-event press conference that he spoke with Nurmagomedov about his expectations and that the Russian is eager to fight top-level competition. 135 pounds.

“He actually wanted to come back tonight and talk to me.” White told the media. “He comes home for a week and then he comes back here and he says he’s ready for whatever we throw at him. I love this look and I’m excited for this kid.

Asked if Nurmagomedov’s return to UFC 285, which takes place March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is a possibility, White said he would discuss the situation with his management colleagues before making a decision.

“Well, he’ll be right back, he’s been there for a week… We’ll probably turn him around quickly, and I like it when guys want to turn around quickly. It’s about finding the right opponent. There’s already a lot of fighting going on in this division…I don’t know, we’ll start looking at it on Tuesday. White said.

Nurmagomedov continued the first round against Barcelos, showing his skillful striking, especially using the kicks to intensify the situation. The win was Nurmagomedov’s first by knockout in the UFC, with his previous victories coming via two submissions and a unanimous decision.

Barcelos was their latest victim as the Brazilian lost for the third time in his last four fights, having won each of his first five contests by takedown.

Nurmagomedov, ranked No. 11 before Saturday night’s fight, used his post-fight interview to call out anyone willing to face him in March. He also apologized for another blow to a distraught Barcelos, saying he didn’t know the Brazilian was completely out when he hit the deck.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was watching from afar, said he applauded his cousin’s performance, posting a clip of the knockout on Instagram and describing it as hateful. “statement”. His teammate, UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, also congratulated Umar Nurmagomedov in a social media post and predicted: “He will be a champion”

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