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UFC On FX 1: Kamal Shalorus Vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov selects “Rise Score Suite” by A&J Music Productions, while Kamal Shalorus goes with “I Won’t Back Down” by Johnny Cash. On a personal note, a great selection by Shalorus. The referee in charge will be Mario Yamasaki.

Kamal Shalorus vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Round 1: Shalorus quickly takes the Octagon, as Nurmagomedov looks to have a case of first UFC fight jitters. Shalorus with a big left that connects to the face, but Nurmagomedov pushes through and takes control. Shalorus with a big knee, followed by another and the two separate. Shalorus just stalking Nurmagomedov now, lands another right. Big leg kick to the head by Shalorus, as Nurmagomedov’s strikes don’t seem to be fazing him at all. Shalorus switching stances and dropping levels with his strikes. Nurmagomedov finally lands a left, as he seems to be getting comfortable now. Pair of kicks by Shalorus and a strike to the left side of his body. Nurmagomedov drops Shalorus to the ground, attacking and landing with several big strikes to the head. Nurmagomedov’s dropping of Shalorus rocked the Octagon, as Nurmagomedov moves into side control. Nurmagomedov takes the back, moves into side mount with ease, moving quickly all around the mat. Nurmagomedov with more strikes, including an upper cut that just misses. Shalorus seems to have regained his composure, as the two trade strikes to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Khabib Nurmagomedov

Round 2: Shalorus takes back control of the Octagon, missing with a big right hand. Nurmagomedov works in on a single-leg, getting Shalorus to the ground. Nurmagomedov trying to get into side mount, but the power of Shalorus seems to be giving him problems now. The ref stands them up, Nurmagomedov shoots in and works to side mount once again. On the ground, this fight belongs to Nurmagomedov, but he hasn’t been able to do much damage while there. Front headlock attempt into a possible submission fails by Nurmagomedov, but he uses his speed to get back on top of Shalorus. Another stand-up by Yamasaki, as Nurmagomedov fires in a right. Shalorus looks to be trying for a one-punch knockout, but the speed of Nurmagomedov isn’t allowing for it. Series of strikes back Shalorus up as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Khabib Nurmagomedov

Round 3: Shalorus seems to be confused at how many rounds are left, asking his corner twice if this was the final round. Nurmagomedov has no nerves at all now, moving like a veteran of the UFC. No chance at a takedown attempt by Shalorus, and he seems very frustrated. Shalorus working for a choke after Nurmagomedov takes him to the mat with a single-leg. Punches to the face and body by Nurmagomedov are taking a toll on Shalorus’ face now. Full-mount by Nurmagomedov, as he tries for a choke, getting it locked in and Shalorus taps out.

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Kamal Shalorus via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:08 of round three