Kamal Shalorus vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Round 1: The two kept their distance before a brief scramble then clinch against the fence. Shalorus worked punches and kicks, backing Nurmagomedov and controlling the octagon. Nurmagomedov caught Shalours with a punch that shook the “Prince of Persia.” He dropped and the young Russian attempted to follow through and finish. Shalorus survived and brought the fight back to the feet. Nurmagomedov kept the pressure on the feet and Shalorus threw some shots of his own into the end of the round.
Round 2: Nurmagomedov ate a lowkick, but was able to get a takedown early in round two. Against the cage, Nurmagomedov worked from halfguard and landed some ground-and-pound. Shalorus pushed him down to full mount. Referee Mario Yamasaki stood the two and Nurmagomedov shot in for another successful takedown. The Russian continued to work and improve position, staying active while landing short strikes. The referee didn’t see it that way, however, and stood the two up again. The round finished out with Nurmagomedov landing some more punches from the standing position.
Round 3: Nurmagomedov showed stiff takedown defense and got a takedown of his own. He looked to be in danger of a guillotine, but slipped out. He worked his way up into full mount after leaping over his guard. Nurmagomedov got his opponent’s back and sank in the rear-naked-choke to finish the fight.
The ending came at 2:08 of the final round.