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Dana White Leads Tributes To Khabib Nurmagomedov After Utterly Dominant UFC 219 Display

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Khabib Nurmagomedov moved to 25-0 in his MMA career with a devastating victory over Edson Barboza on Saturday night at UFC 219. 

The Russian well and truly stamped his authority as the most feared lightweight in the world with an incredibly dominant performance, taking the bout by unanimous decision.

Barboza must be admired for the heart and courage he displayed to hang in there until the final bell despite being victim of a quite simply ferocious beat-down from the outset.

Khabib pushed a hectic pace right from the opening bell and it didn’t take long in the opening stanza for ‘The Eagle’ to have his opponent floored and on the receiving end of some merciless ground-and-pound.

Coming into this bout there was a genuine intrigue to see how Nurmagomedov would deal with a striker as highly skilled as Barboza, as well as the well accustomed takedown defence of the Brazilian. Neither trait proved to cause Khabib any trouble as he dominated for what must have felt like some of the longest 15-minutes of Barboza’s life.

The final two rounds saw Khabib wrestle Barboza to the ground in typical fashion and the Dagestani “mauling” as Joe Rogan described it on commentary ensued.

Without doubt, this performance will have both 155-lbs champion Conor McGregor and interim-champ Tony Ferguson sit up and take notice of Nurmagomedov and the deadly threat he will pose to both fighters in the future. The 29-year-old stated in the immediate aftermath of his victory that he could continue to fight, and beat, both Conor and Tony all in one night’s work.

Judging by the manner in which he destroyed the highly rated Barboza last night, many would find it difficult to disagree with such a statement.

Check out some of the reaction to Khabib’s awesome win:

https://twitter.com/johncampea/status/947335573429202944

https://twitter.com/lthomasnews/status/947330759014064130

In the meantime, while McGregor has yet to share his thoughts on Khabib’s devastating display, Kevin Lee, who lost out to Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 215 and ‘El Cucuy’ himself have spoken out:

 

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