Rafael dos Anjos vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Round 1: Dos Anjos takes the center of the cage. Nurmagomedov circles on the outside. They feel each other out in the early going. Nurmagomedov presses forward. Dos Anjos lands a hard kick to the body. Nurmagomedov closes the distance and takes dos Anjos down. He delivers short right hands. Dos Anjos gets back to his feet only to be taken down with a single leg takedown. He bounces back to his feet, but Nurmagomedov keeps the pressure on. Dos Anjos circles free. Dos Anjos lands a jab. Nurmagomedov explodes forward and takes dos Anjos down. Dos Anjos gets back to his feet. Nurmagomedov keeps the pressure on. Dos Anjos lands a knee on the break. Nurmagomedov works to get the fight back to the ground, but dos Anjos escapes his grasp. Dos Anjos presses forward, but Nurmagomedov circles away. Dos Anjos lands a right hook. Nurmagomedov answers with a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Nurmagomedov.
Round 2: Dos Anjos lands a inside leg kick to start the second round. Nurmagomedov steps in with a right hand. Dos Anjos being more aggressive this round. Nurmagomedov ducks under a punch and takes dos Anjos down. Dos Anjos looks for a guillotine choke. Nurmagomedov gets his head out . Dos Anjos tries to stand, but Nurmagomedov keeps him grounded. He lands a knee to the leg of dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov tries to take dos Anjos’ back, but can’t get to the position. Dos Anjos works to stand. He applies a guillotine and pulls guard. Nurmagomedov escapes the submission attempt and moves to half guard. Dos Anjos gets back to full guard. Nurmagomedov lands punches to the body and moves back to the half guard position. Nurmagomedov lands short elbows and stands over dos Anjos. He leaps in with a right hand. Dos Anjos gets to his feet at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov.
Round 3: Dos Anjos inches forward. He blocks a high kick thrown by Nurmagomedov. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick. Dos Anjos goes to the body with a kick and they clinch. Nurmagomedov presses dos Anjos against the cage and works to get the fight to the ground. Dos Anjos hops and gets his leg free and moves away. Dos Anjos tries to take Nurmagomedov down. Nurmagomedov reverses the position and tosses dos Anjos to the ground. He works from the half guard position. Dos Anjos works his way back to full guard. Nurmagomedov stands and falls back into dos Anjos’ guard. He delivers punches with a minute remaining in the round. Dos Anjos scrambles and gets hit with a right hand. Nurmagomedov drags him back to the ground. He lands two right hands. Dos Anjos lands to the body from the bottom, but can’t get Nurmagomedov off him. Nurmagomedov postures up and lands a right hand in the closing seconds. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Nurmagomedov.
The judges scored the fight for Khabib Nurmagomedov by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“I began the fight conserving energy to make sure I was ready to go the distance because I knew how tough Dos Anjos was. He was a very tough guy. I’m very glad that I got the opportunity to fight him because I always want to fight the best. I’m ready to keep going forward in the division on my way to the title.”