Round 1: Magomedov takes the center of the cage. Martin paws with his jab. Magomedov lands a kick to the body. Martin initiates the clinch and works to get the fight to the ground. He secures a takedown and lands in side control. Martin lands a couple of short right hand. Magomedov works his way to half guard. Martin isolates an arm and works for a kimura. Magomedov rolls. Martin transitions to an arm bar. Magomedov grimaces but escapes. They exchange leg kicks. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Martin.
Round 2: They touch gloves to start the second round. Magomedov delivers an outside leg kick. Martin initiates the clinch and works for a takedown. Magomedov delivers a knee to the body. Martin tries to slam Magomedov but Magomedov gains top position. He lands two hard right hands followed by an elbow. Martin works his way back to his feet. Magomedov lands a leg kick. Martin circles. Magomedov delivers a kick to the body. Magomedov presses forward. He lands a kick to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Magomedov.
Round 3: They exchange leg kick to start the final round. Martin lands a leg kick and Magomedov counters with a right hand. Martin works to get the fight to the ground. He’s trying hard to takes the Russian down. He gives up on the takedown attempt and they exchange knees to the body. Magomedov applies a guillotine choke. Martin defends the submission attempt. Magomedov postures up and leaps in with a hard right hand. Martin stands but eats a high kick in the process. He lands a knee to the body. Martin works for a takedown with two minutes remaining in the round. He delivers knees to the legs of Magomedov. The referee separates them. Martin bleeding from the nose. Martin works for a takedown but Magomedov stuffs the attempt. The referee calls for the doctor to check Martin’s face. He is okayed to continue and the fight is restarted. Magomedov lands kicks to the body. Martin presses him against the cage. They separate and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov.
The judges scored the fight for Rashid Magomedov by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.
“I’m really proud of my UFC debut. Actually, I had no plan for this fight. I just stepped up at the Octagon® and tried to put on a good show. My opponent was really tough, but I got a really great victory with a good performance. So, I’m just looking forward to what’s next for me in the UFC.”