Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Poirier in UFC 242, making everyone who made that call using betting platforms like betting-universe.com a few bucks richer. Here are the highlights of the amazing fight.
There was no rush for either fighter, as they both focused more on analyzing their opponent than on blindly striking. After a few attacks, Nurmagomedov was able to bring Poirier down and get behind his back. Two times he managed to take Poirier into a neck crank, which allowed him to pummel at his opponent mercilessly. While Poirier did get back on his feet, it didn’t last for long – he was back on the mat in no time. It is worth pointing out that Nurmagomedov used the technique that put Conor McGregor out of business in one of the older fights. It was slam-choke-strike-repeat all through the round.
While Nurmagomedov was getting pumped up, it seemed that Poirier would not take this lying down. He was striking at his opponent with power and speed, but it was all for naught. Nurmagomedov simply repeated the strategy from the first round and it seemed to work in his favour again. One of the bigger events of the round was the opening of the cut on Poirier’s eye. This not only hurt the fighter, but it disoriented him as well. Poirier went down again, but not for long, or the fight would have ended sooner.
By now, Poirier was panicking and it was clear from his talk with his coaches that he sees no way to defeat his opponent. Regardless, he went in for the one final attempt and gave all he got. His trump card was the guillotine choke, but Nurmagomedov kept his head and slipped away. As quickly as he broke free, he launched himself into a counter-attack, and sealed the match with a rear-naked choke. This was too much for Dustin Poirier and he tapped out, barely two minutes after the round began.
While there were no outstanding techniques or amazing blows, this fight re-established Khabib Nurmagomedov as the undisputed champion with a 28-win streak. Nurmagomedov’s grappling game was on point and Poirier’s attempts to keep him at bay with long-distance strikes did not prove successful.
While not flashy, the fight did establish the benefits of repeatedly using basic techniques that work. MMA fighting is not just about striking and kicking, as Khabib showed us. In fact, the only time Poirier seemed to be able to gain the upper hand was when he used a choke hold. Khabib Nurmagomedov is still the best the light-weight category has to offer.