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Khabib Nurmagomedov has successfully unified the UFC lightweight division after beating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.
Nurmagomedov, 30, submitted Poirier in round 3 of their main-event bout in Abu Dhabi to defend his UFC lightweight title and unify the division in a stunning performance.
KHABIB IS UNSTOPPABLE! :scream:
He sinks the choke in the third round!
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It's a party #InAbuDhabi tonight! :trophy: #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/198p4Nv7yC
- UFC (@ufc) September 7, 2019
In round 1, Nurmagomedov applied his famed pressure to earn a takedown, where he advanced to full mount and scored a submission attempt. He had control of Poirier's back though failed to sink in the rear naked choke. The champion also landed a few brutal shots just before the close of the round.
Poirier started round 2 brightly, appearing to stun Nurmagomedov with a huge right-hand. However, the Russian scored another takedown and controlled him against the fence, before opening a cut on the challenger.
In round 3, Nurmagomedov shot in for a quick takedown, where he sunk in a rear-naked choke to beat Poirier.
An incredible performance by Nurmagomedov who improved his MMA record to 28-0 with the win. He's also 12-0 in the UFC, which includes two title defences.
Speaking in the cage with Jon Anik, Nurmagomedov said: "Honestly, I don't know why I have so much of everything in my life."
Poirier, on the other hand, cut a dejected figure and said: "I feel like I let myself down. I didn't cut any corners preparing for this. I feel like my whole career set me up for this moment.
"If time has taught me anything, it's when times are good be grateful. And when you lose, be graceful."
OFFICIAL RESULT: Nurmagomedov def. Poirier via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of Round 3.
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