Round 1: They touch gloves and Tibau inches forward. Nurmagomedov misses with a right hand. Tibau is stalking him. Nurmagomedov lands a right hand. Both miss with big left hands. Tibau continues to move forward while Nurmagomedov circles on the outside. Nurmagomedov shoots for a takedown. Tibau defends it. Nurmagomedov closes the distance with punches and works for a takedown. Tibau lands a knee to the body while they’re against the cage. They exchange knees to the body inside the clinch. The referee separates them. Nurmagomedov misses with a winging right hand. He lands one. They exchange. Tibau looks for a takedown but can’t get it. Tibau lands a counter right hand as Nurmagomedov droppe for a takeown. Tibau fends it off. The round ends. Hard one to score. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 2: They take the center of the cage. Nurmagomedov paws with his left hand. The pace slow. Tibau lands a counter left hand. Nurmagomedov closes the distance and works to get the fight to the ground. Tibau’s takedown defense proves too much. Tibau lands a left hand and gets a takedown. Nurmagomedov gets up and starts throwing punches. He eats a counter shot. He drops for a takedown. Tibau defends it. Nurmagomedov pressing Tibau against the cage. The referee separates them. Tibau lands a right hand counter. Nurmagomedov throws wild punches that miss. Tibau lands another counter left hand. Nurmagomedov comes in with a flying knee and lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 3: A lot of missing to start the round by both. Nurmagmedov lands a right hand. He closes the distance and presses Tibau against the fence. Tibau delivers a knee to the body. They separate and Nurmagomedov lands a right hand on the break. Tibau secures a takedown and works to take his back but Nurmagomedov gets to his feet and eventually free. Nurmagomedov presses him against the cage. Nurmagomedov gets warned for holding the fence. Tibau pushes him away and they’re back at distance. Nurmagomedov lands a looping right hand. Tibau steps in with a left hand. Nurmagomedov answers with a right hand. Nurmagomedov swings for the fences at the end but comes up short. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
The judges score it unanimously for Nurmagomedov shocking Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg. All three scorecards read 30-27.