Umar Nurmagomedov is now 15-0 in the Octagon

Buzz in the MMA world continues to mount around lightweight legend Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Umar after the Russian dominated Nate Maness in Las Vegas on Saturday at UFC on ESPN 38.

The 26-year-old improved his undefeated record to 15-0 with a unanimous decision win that boasted scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 30-25.

Barely ninety seconds into the fight with Khabib looking on, Umar scored his first takedown of the night and then put on a strong fight game that his cousin, who retired at 29-0 as lightweight champion in 2020, displayed throughout. of his career. Greatest of all time.

Umar, who is currently campaigning at bantamweight, nearly scored the kind of submission Khabib was also famous for, but Maness was saved by the buzzer. In the second round, Nurmagomedov turned his foe on his back and then landed big shots that still weren’t enough to put Maness away.

However, in the third and final round came the climax of the match, when Nurmagomedov delivered a hard kick to Maness’s face that has since gone viral, then landed solid shots on the Tennessee native until the final bell.

Taking to Twitter to express his approval, former bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo, who is pushing for a shot at current division king Aljamain Sterling, commented that “Coach Khabib is not a joke”.

“I see you Umar Nurmagomedov”, added the Californian loudmouth.

Judging from his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping, Nurmagomedov also sees Cejudo and Sterling.

“I’m going to keep fighting and I’m going to work and I’m going to be the champion.” he swore, while stating that he is ready to break into the top 10 of the 135-pound division with his next fight and win.

On the other hand, Nurmagomedov’s family member Khabib was very impressed by the main event in which Russian-Armenian Arman Tsarukyan was defeated by Mateusz Gamrot in a thriller that went all the way.

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“I want [to] watch five more rounds. What a great fight, wow. Great matchup” the radiant on Twitter, while tagging the man responsible for putting the two men together in Sean Shelby.

Also extending his undefeated streak to 16-0, Shavkat Rakhmonov defeated Neil Magny in the second round to extend his 100% completion rate in MMA en route to challenging for the welterweight strap currently held by Kamaru Usman.

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