Round 1: Trujillo bouncing on the outside as they feel each other out. Trujillo rushes in with a right hand. Nurmagomedov inches forward. Trujillo closes the distance with a combination. He changes levels and takes Nurmagomedov to the canvas. Nurmagomedov isolates an arm. He works for an arm bar. Trujillo gets free. Nurmagomedov scrambles to his feet and trips Trujillo to the ground. Trujillo stands only to be slammed back to the canvas. Trujillo works his way back to his feet. Nurmagomedov takes him down again. The same situation plays itself out over and over. Nurmagomedov stays on Trujillo and Trujillo can’t get free from the pressure. Trujillo rolls and gains top position with a minute remaining. Nurmagomedov applies a triangle choke. He pulls Trujillo’s head down. Trujillo rolls to his back. Nurmagomedov switches to an arm bar. He goes back to the triangle. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov.
Round 2: Trujillo presses forward. Nurmagomedov steps in with a left hook and closes the distance. He presses Trujillo against the cage and takes him down. Trujillo reverses and escapes. He lands a right hand. Nurmagomedov lands a hard right hand. He ties Trujillo up and slips behind him. He drags Trujillo to the canvas. Nurmagomedov delivers knees to the body. Trujillo stands but is taken down again. Nurmagomedov takes his back and applies a body triangle. Trujillo separates Nurmagomedov’s legs and stands. Nurmagomedov trips him back to the canvas. Trujillo gets up and gets taken back down. He rolls and gains top postion. Nurmagomedov immediately gets back to his feet and take Trujillo down. Nurmagomedov is putting on a takedown clinic. He isn’t giving Trujillo any space to do anything. Trujillo has nothing for Nurmagomedov’s grappling. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov.
Round 3: Nurmagomedov completely took over the fight in the final stanza. He puts Trujillo on the mat, gounds and pounds him, but does little damage. Trujillo tries to escape, but any time he gets to his feet, Nurmagomedov still has him in his clutches and puts Trujillo back on the mat. Trujillo can’t find anyway out of Nurmagomedov’s iron grasp, constantly having his arms and legs pulled out from under him, and planting back into the canvas. Total control by Nurmagomedov. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Abel Trujillo by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3