Seven Biggest Takeaways From UFC 220

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6) Islam Makhachev Is The Real Deal:

The Fight Pass-aired prelims at UFC 220 got started off right with a thunderous victory by rising prospect Islam Makhachev, who demolished returning veteran Gleison Tibau with a jaw-dropping left hook knockout only 57 seconds into the first round.

It’s a bit tough to know exactly what the limit is for the 15-1 Dagestani lightweight due to the fact that Tibau had been out of competition for so long, yet he’s clearly a surging contender who is marketable as well due to his ties to top-ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (he even looks like ‘The Eagle’ a bit).

Like Khabib, Makhachev would benefit from a bit more activity, but with victory in four out of his five UFC bouts so far, expect to see him rising up in one of MMA’s deepest divisions soon.

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