Khabib Nurmagomedov (middle) and his father (front right)
On Saturday, Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier to defend his UFC Lightweight Title for the second time in less than a year, moving his record to 28-0.
Round 1 Khabib immediately pressed Poirier against the cage and took him down. They went on to spend the rest of the round there with Nurmagomedov on top where he was able to hit the challenger with a variety of punches and elbows.
Round 2 was more of the same. Poirier did have a moment on the feet at the start of the round where it looked like he may have rocked Nurmagomedov, which caused him to backpedal for a moment. After regaining his wits, Khabib quickly got Poirier up against the cage and secured the takedown. Where he then tried to finish the fight with ground and pound and neck cranks.
Round 3 started off even on the feet until The Eagle pressured The Diamond up against the cage. Poirier secured a guillotine choke that appeared close. However, Nurmagomedov executed the proper defense and ended up on top of Dustin once more. Soon after, the lightweight champion took the back of Poirier and secured the rear-naked choke for a submission victory and a third-round stoppage.
Immediately after the fight, Khabib and Poirier exchanged their Reebok jerseys. In Nurmagomedovs post-fight interview, he stated that he plans to sell Poiriers Jersey on his own website and donate all of the money made to Poiriers charity/foundation that helps people people who are less fortunate. That offer was then matched by Dana White where White said in the post-fight press conference that he will match whatever number Khabib donates to Poirier’s foundation.