A key lightweight tilt between Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) and Michael Johnson (18-11) took place during tonight’s UFC 205 preliminary fight card in New York city.
Round one begins and Johnson misses with a left hook to start. Khabib presses forward but eats an uppercut. He backs off and Johnson comes forward with a right. Michael lands a nice leg kick. He follows that up with a left hook. Another leg kick and a left from Johnson. “The Menace” lands a pair of jabs to the body. Johnson goes upstairs and rocks Khabib. Nurmagomedov presses forward and shoots in for a takedown. He eventually gets it and moves immediately to side control. He secures a mounted crucifix. Johnson scrambles and gets his arm free. Khabib remains in side control and delivers some short shots. Johnson battles his way to half guard. Big elbows from the top by Nurmagomedov. He switches to punches and begins teeing off. Johnson is scrambling but he cannot escape the position. Huge shots from the top by Khabib. He moves to full mount. Huge shots from Khabib. These left hands are hard. More big shots. This fight is close to being stopped. Johnson survives to see round two.
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Round two begins and Johnson misses with a left to start. He throws a second one that finds a home. Khabib with a nice uppercut. He presses Michael against the cage but Johnson is quick to escape the position. Nurmagomedov shoots in for a takedown but it is stuffed. Khabib jumps in again and Johnson drop down for a guillotine. The submission is not there and Khabib is on top. He moves to a mounted crucifix again. Huge shots from the top by Khabib. Michael scrambles but “The Eagle” is all over him. He lands some huge left hands. Johnson is in a terrible spot here. More thunderous shots from the top by Khabib. One minute remains in round two. More viscous shots from the top by Khabib. Wow does Johnson have a chin. Big right hands from “The Eagle”. Round one comes to an end.
Round three begins and Khabib lands an uppercut. Nurmagomedov shoots in and quickly scores a takedown. He begins landing some right hands. Johnson fires back a shot from the bottom. Huge bombs from the top by Khabib. He moves to full mount. This is probably it folks. Nurmagomedov switches to side control. Johnson tries to buck Khabib but it doesn’t work. Khabib locks in an arm lock (kimura) and forces Michael to tapout.
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