Abu Dhabi, Sept 7, 2019: No fighter gets to 28-0 without being one of the best in the world, but after a third round submission win over Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242, undisputed UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may have to be included in the all-time great conversation.
He was that dominant.
And he achieved the feat doing everything he expected to do.
But Poirier and 27 previous opponents haven’t been able to stop him.
That makes him a special fighter.
After a brief feeling out process, Nurmagomedov used a quick 1-2 to set up a takedown attempt in the second minute, and with 2:52 left, he had the back of his foe.
Poirier stayed cool under pressure, but Nurmagomedov relentless with his attack as he looked for a neck crank (Khabib Nurmagomedov Dustin Poirier).
With a little over 90 seconds left, Poirier was back to his feet but still locked up by “The Eagle” who put the fight on the deck once more before the end of the round.
Early in round two, Poirier made his presence felt as he briefly jarred Nurmagomedov with a right hand that forced the Dagestan native into defensive mode until he got his bearings back and put Poirier on his back again.
While on the mat, Poirier got cut around his left eye, but he got upright with under two minutes left and looked for an escape route.
Nurmagomedov wasn’t giving him one, though, and it was another round for the Russian.
Poirier (25-6, 1 NC) attempted a guillotine choke as Nurmagomedov sought his first takedown attempt of round three, but when “The Eagle” escaped, his turn, and when he sunk in his own choke, that rear naked choke ended the fight, with Poirier forced to tap out at 2:06 of the third frame. —- UFC