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UFC 148: Gleison Tibau Vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Our third lightweight encounter of the evening features Gleison Tibau (34-7) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (17-0). The referee is Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Tibau with some power punches to the face of Nurmagomedov. The undefeated Nurmagomedov throws a big hook that misses. Body kick blocked by Tibau. Nurmagomedov shoots in for a single-leg, but Tibau does a nice job backing up against the fence and fending it off. Nurmagomedov tries for another takedown, working hard for it but can’t get it. Nurmagomedov fires off a big left and a right, shooting in for another takedown on Tibau. Nurmagomedov with a knee to the body but can’t score the takedown and the ref steps in. More huge throws by Nurmagomedov that don’t connect, but he hasn’t stopped trying to land a knockout blow. Kick lands by Nurmagomedov and he follows up with a punch. Tibau shoots in, but Nurmagomedov fends it off with ease. One more attempt at a takedown by Nurmagomedov is unsuccessful as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Round 2: Several exchanges, and Nurmagomedov eats a stiff jab. Not much action this round from either fighter. Tibau takes over with his power, and is in control of Nurmagomedov on the ground. Tibau connects with a right and a left, and Nurmagomedov shoots in for a takedown again. More standing and Yamasaki steps in. Nurmagomedov goes back to throwing big blows that miss.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tibau

Round 3: Nurmagomedov takes center Octagon right away, and throws another huge right hand. He doesn’t connect, but he is still throwing his punches 100-percent. Tibau ducks under a strike, and Nurmagomedov lands a leg kick. Nurmagomedov pushes Tibau up against the cage and is still trying to get the takedown. Tibau fends off a weird exchange and gets the takedown and takes the back of Nurmagomedov. Just over two minutes left and this fight could still go either way. A knee to the body by Nurmagomedov, who is throwing haymakers wanting the KO. Right to the chin lands by Nurmagomedov. As the clock winds down, Nurmagomedov continues throwing big strikes to no avail.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)