Undefeated Muslim MMA Fighter wins in UFC
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated the fifth ranked Rafael Dos Santos by a unanimous verdict yesterday at UFC on Fox 11. Nurmagomedov is a devout Muslim from Dagestan and is a Combat Sambo world champion and Judo black belt. He currently trains at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. Sherdog reported the following about his latest victory:
Khabib Nurmagomedov imposed his will on Rafael dos Anjos. Repeated clinches and takedowns, stifling topside grappling and punishing ground-and-pound drove the unbeaten Dagestani lightweight to a one-sided unanimous decision over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 11 on Saturday at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. All three judges arrived at the same verdict: 30-27 for Nurmagomedov (22-0, 6-0 UFC).
Dos Anjos (20-7, 9-5 UFC) could not hold off the two-time combat sambo world champion. Nurmagomedov dragged him to the canvas in all three rounds, set up shop and went to work with his punches and elbows. Dos Anjos was never in danger of being stopped, but the reality of his situation had to have been difficult to swallow. The defeat halted his streak of five straight victories.