Rising star Zabit Magomedsharipov had a chance to break into the 145-pound top 10 when he met vet Jeremy Stephens in the featured prelim bout of tonight’s (Sat., March 2, 2019) UFC 235 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Dagestani had won all four of his UFC fights since 2017. He came into the fight as maybe the fastest-rising featherweight in MMA. ‘Lil’ Heathen’ needs no introduction, as he was one of the most experienced sluggers in the UFC. He came into the fight off a vicious body blow KO defeat from Jose Aldo.
The fight promised to be a slobberknocker and it did not disappoint. Magomedsharipov came out with his trademark kicks, going low on the shorter ‘Lil’ Heathen’:
He followed with some flashy spinning techniques:
The future contender out-landed “Lil’ Heathen” in the opening two rounds of the fight. Yet it was Stephens who arguably landed the more effective strikes in the final round. The awaited match ended with an entertaining exchange of strikes:
“Zabeast” won via unanimous decision to pick up his biggest-ever win: