It was the “Khabib Show” Saturday night at UFC 223, as the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated late-minute replacement Al Iaquinta to claim the vacant UFC lightweight title.

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Nurmagomedov controlled the action, taking Iaquinta down eight times and out-striking him, 179-25. Iaquinta did defend eight more takedown attempts by Nurmagomedov.

Of course, none of this was in the original plans. “The Eagle” was set to face Tony Ferguson for the belt before an injury sidelined Ferguson. Max Holloway replaced Ferguson, but was taken out while attempting to cut weight on Friday. And of course, the whole Conor McGregor incident went down which put a black cloud of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

But none of that mattered to Nurmagomedov, as he remained perfect in his career with the win. Iaquinta was originally set to face Paul Felder, but offered his services and was granted the main event fight.

As expected, Nurmagomedov was able to score an early takedown, but Iaquinta quickly worked his way out of a submission attempt and was able to get back to his feet. Another takedown by Nurmagomedov followed, as he dominated the first round, out-striking Iaquinta 43-1.