Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
We begin the FX-televised main card with a lightweight contest between Thiago Tavares (17-4-1) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (18-0). The referee in charge will be Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Tons of energy from these two to start. The Brazilian crowd is largely behind Tavares. Tavares looking to cut off Nurmagomedov and then attack, but Nurmagomedov fires off a right to get to the center of the Octagon. Body shot lands by Tavares, but Nurmagomedov responds with a combo that connects. Nurmagomedov fakes a straight left and lands a right upper cut to drop Tavares. Nurmagomedov pounces and fires off several short punches and the ref steps in as this one is all over. Several uncontested elbows ended this one, as Nurmagomedov grabbed hold of Tavares’ head and finished him off.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares via KO (elbows) at 1:55 of Round 1