Video and photo of the fight
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. In the locker room, the "hungry" Eagle, who spent a year without fighting due to a long recovery from injuries, cold-bloodedly warming up. In the next dressing room, shaking everything around with his feet on pads Edson Barboza. The Brazilian, who occupies the next line No. 3 after Khabib in the rating, is seriously set for this evening. Already on the way to the octagon, Khabib is greeted with ovations by fans who know that Khabib is the number one contender, and conducts a warm-up fight then, as he has long deserved his right to fight for the title.
After the announcement of the fighters and the latest instructions, athletes diverge at the corners. From the first seconds of the fight, Khabib begins to put pressure, but at the same time skips low kicks one by one. Khabib all the way shows that these blows are insignificant and forces the opponent to rebuild his plan. Who would have thought that a fighter who is considered to be one-sided fighter, will embarrass the best striker in the division with his calls for activity and at the same time point out with blows from the hands and feet. Full dominance and total control of all the opponent's actions became clear already in the 1-st round. After the first takedown it became clear that Edson would not have to be sweet. Gong for a break and score significant hits in favor of Khabib with a crushing advantage 43-9.
At the beginning of the second round, the face of the Brazilian looked pretty rumpled, but it was impossible to relax, because there are still a whole ten minutes of battle. At this time, both in Moscow and in Dagestan, the Khabib team arranged a general gathering and a collective viewing with the involvement of the federal media. Then, as Khabib gained a confident victory, the whole country watched, and many did not even sleep that night.
The rest of the fight, Khabib dominated and did whatever he liked in the fight, including the flying knees that flew so close. The verdict of the judges was devastating: 30-25, 30-25 and 30-24.
For this performance Nurmagomedov awarded a bonus Perfomance of the Night, which includes an additional $ 50,000. There is no doubt that it is the "Eagle" who is the next contender.