Khabib Nurmagomedov may have ruined his good unbeaten MMA document again in July 2012.
Nurmagomedov is at the moment the undefeated UFC light-weight champion, however critics and followers alike consider he should not have gotten the choice in Las Vegas in opposition to Gleison Tibau at UFC 148.
The Russian fighter, who was 17-Zero on the time, was making simply his second UFC look however using nice momentum from his Octagon debut when he stopped Kamal Shalorus in a single spherical.
Tibau, then again, entered the bout with 16 UFC fights within the ebook and the veteran light-weight used his expertise to manage Nurmagomedov who did not land a single takedown and went 0-13 in opposition to Tibau, who was credited with one takedown which occurred in spherical three.
The Brazilian not solely stuffed all his opponent’s takedowns but in addition outstruck him 28-25 in important strikes. He additionally had the benefit in whole strikes – 46-33.
Tibau received the top strike battle 15-13 and the physique strike battle 13-7 whereas Nurmagomedov landed extra leg strikes – 5-0, in response to UFC.
Regardless of the superior statistics, TIbau surprisingly did not win a single spherical from any of the three judges, who all scored the bout 30-27 to Nurmagomedov which shocked each Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan.
Tibau has beforehand talked about that he feels he beat Nurmagomedov.
“A very good second for me is… Kurt Pellegrino, Jamie Varner, and Khabib,” he defined.
“I take this time, it is a very, superb time for me. All people talks. Now Khabib is aware of my struggle, me, Khabib? I win this struggle.
“Now, I am buddies with Khabib, and I play and speak with Khabib, you lose this struggle. ‘Uh, yeah, possibly, possibly, possibly.’
“As a result of, robust struggle, you realize? I imply, broke for takedowns, takedowns on Khabib, extra punches, all people speak that I win this struggle. I feel this second was essential for my time with the UFC. Superb fights with Jamie Varner, Kurt Pellegrino, good time, good, good performances.”
Justin Gaethje, who beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 final month to arrange a gathering in opposition to Nurmagomedov, additionally feels he misplaced the light-weight contest.
When talking concerning the UFC light-weight king’s document, he stated: “I feel he misplaced to [Gleison] Tibau although, that is simply me.”
Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought since his profitable title defence over Dustin Poirier final September.
He is anticipated to face interim UFC light-weight champion Gaethje in September.