It was an amazing night for UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last night (Sat. September 7, 2019).
“The Eagle” performed in front of a largely Muslim crowd from Abu Dhabi to defend his title against Dustin Poirier, the then-interim lightweight champion, in the UFC 242 main event. Khabib was able to dominate the fight, for the most part, overcoming some adversity in the process.
Poirier rocked Nurmagomedov in the second round, and also had a deep guillotine choke locked in towards the end of the contest in the third round. However, after escaping the choke, Nurmagomedov established dominant position and locked in a rear-naked choke. The choke was so deep that it forced Poirier to tap out.
After his win, Nurmagomedov celebrated similar to the way he did after his last victory, at UFC 229, when he defeated Conor McGregor, by jumping the Octagon. However, this time he wasn’t attacking a cornerman. Instead, he pounced on UFC President Dana White, jumping on the UFC boss for a big hug. White shared the insane footage on his official Facebook page.
White also shared an amazing scene in Nurmagomedov’s home of Dagestan. The streets were going nuts for their champion’s victory.
What do you think about Nurmagomedov jumping the cage after UFC 242?