Umar Nurmagomedov looks set for UFC gold after epic knockout

Umar Nurmagomedov looks set for UFC gold after epic knockout

Umar Nurmagomedov looks set for UFC gold after epic knockout

  • Umar Nurmagomedov put the UFC bantamweight on notice with a vicious finish on Saturday.
  • The UFC returned to the Apex after a four-week hiatus and started 2023 with a bang.
  • Watch Nurmagomedov’s brilliant first-round finish against Raoni Barcelos here.

LAS VEGAS – Oh. My. Goodness.

After watching Umar Nurmagomedov score a savage first-round knockout against Raoni Barcelos at the UFC Vegas 67 event, it’s hard not to get carried away.

But given his winning record, the abilities he has shown so far and how deep in the veins of the Nurmagomedov family members combat sports are, the predictions that Umar will one day follow his cousin Khabib as the dominant UFC champion don’t seem outlandish at all. .

We’ve seen Umar’s grappling prowess, and we’ve seen the relentless rear chokes, however, on Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, we saw a unicorn emerge.

Against Raoni Barcelos, Nurmagomedov showed striking variety, intelligence in his production and thoughtfulness on his feet.

Late in the first round, Nurmagomedov threw in a knee and slammed Barcelos with a close-range left hook that dropped him to the ground before following up with a hammer fist that bounced off his already unconscious opponent’s skull. .

UFC bantamweights better buckle up. He’s a Nurmagomedov who can punch.

Nurmagomedov ‘felt bad’ because of beating he inflicted on Barcelos

Nurmagomedov showed restraint by not continuing to beat Barcelos and instead tried to rock Barcelos’ head.

He later told Insider backstage that it was because he “felt bad” because the opponent didn’t initially appear knocked out when he hit him with that hammer fist.

Barcelos later recovered, but even when helped to a stool in the middle of the Octagon he still looked dazed, confused and disoriented.

Umar Nurmagomedov takes the win with an extraordinary highlight video.

Umar Nurmagomedov takes the win with an extraordinary highlight video.

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Watch the ending here:

Nurmagomedov later told Insider and other reporters in a post-event press conference that he wanted to compete up to four times in 2023 and intended to keep the UFC belt hanging in the air. here 2024.

He’s even determined to have a quick turnaround so he can fight on March 4 at the big pay-per-view show UFC 285 which Insider says could be headlined by the heavyweight bout of Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane.

It is unknown who on this form will volunteer to fight Nurmagomedov. Not when he can seemingly fight as skillfully on his feet as he does on the court.

Currently ranked No. 11 in the UFC bantamweight division, the win over Barcelos will undoubtedly propel him higher in that weight class.

Victory increased his professional MMA record to 16 wins (two knockouts, seven submissions and seven decisions).

Abdul Razak Alhassan and Allan Nascimento performed well in ESPN+ prelims

Abdul Razak Alhassan picks up victory in UFC's premier event of 2023.

Abdul Razak Alhassan picks up victory in UFC’s premier event of 2023.

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Earlier on the show, Allan Nascimento earned the UFC’s first submission victory of 2023 when he tapped Carlos Hernandez to a standing, rear-naked choke.

Abdul Razak Alhassan picked up a brutal knockout win over Claudio Ribeiro in a fight that saw both fighters throwing with the worst of intentions.

Sean Strickland and Nassourdine Imavov headlined the first UFC event of the year.

The UFC then returns on Saturday, January 21 with a pay-per-view show from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, before returning to Las Vegas for a five-event run that is only interrupted once for a trip to Australia on 12 February.

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