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Twitter Reacts As Khabib & Thug Rose Triumph At Last Night’s UFC 223

The very best of the reactions after Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rose Namajunas came through with a pair of huge wins at UFC 223 last night.

Last night’s UFC 223 perhaps didn’t manage to reach the ridiculous heights of its memorable fight-week but all in all, it was a fun night of fights that managed to undisputedly usher in a new era for both the lightweight and women’s strawweight divisions.

Rose Namajunas has been on many a watch-list for prospects for several years now but when she landed that deft left-hook on Joanna Jedrzejczyk last November in what was her second attempt at a 115lb title, it was clear she had finally arrived at the party.

Twitter’s MMA community reacted to Namajunas’ war in the rematch with her Polish adversary last night.

Rose’s win validates her UFC 217 KO of Jedrzejczyk beyond any doubt and furthermore, establishes a new era at strawweight, a division that has been cited as perhaps the deepest in women’s MMA today. With plentiful options within the top-5 for her second defense, only time will tell exactly how the future will play out for Namajunas at 115lbs.

Khabib Nurmagomedov had the eyes of the world upon him when he stepped in to face short-notice replacement Al Iaquinta in last night’s main-event and despite the unknowns that came with putting his unbeaten record on the line, the Russian rose to the occasion in a big way, dominating his opponent over five-rounds on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision victory.

The MMA world had mixed feelings about the performance as a whole. Sure, Khabib’s top-pressure and forward-movement on the feet looked as good as ever, but his unwillingness to tuck his chin or move his head had many wondering if he would be able to survive a striking battle with a certain Irishman whose name was constantly in the headlines this week.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]