Said Nurmagomedov


Makes quick work of opponent
October 17, 2020
Nurmagomedov defeated Mark Striegl via KO (punches) at 0:51 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Nurmagomedov began the fight on the backfoot looking for a counter shot and it wasn't long before Striegel walked directly into a left hook while trying to close the distance. Genrally thought of as a flashy fighter, it was nice to see Nurmagomedov come into this fight with a read based on his opponent and execute to perefection. He remains perfect in the Octagon and improves to 14-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Next opponent lined up
September 3, 2020
Nurmagomedov is in line to face Mark Striegl at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
It's unclear at this time exactly what weight class this will be contested at or where the event will be held, though it's rumored to be on the UFC's next trip to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Nurmagomedov last competed in December of 2019, losing a unanimous decision to Raoni Barcelos. He had picked up wins in each of his first two UFC bouts prior to that.
Takes a loss in Korea
December 23, 2019
Nurmagomedov lost to Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.
Nurmagomedov won the striking battle on paper in each of the first three rounds, and an effective jab was seemingly enough to win him that frame. Barcelos turned up the heat in the grappling department in the next two rounds, however, and utilized leg kicks to soften Nurmagomedov's takedown defense. Nurmagomedov spent the fight's final minutes fighting off the submission attempts of Barcelos, and that was the final image in the eyes of the judges. It was just the second career loss for Nurmagomedov, who is just 27 years old and has plenty of time to turn things around.
Gets another crack at Barcelos
December 3, 2019
Nurmagomedov has been re-booked to face Raoni Barcelos in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Busan on Dec. 21, reports.
Nurmagomedov got off to a 2-0 start to his UFC career, but that progress was sidetracked after he withdrew from UFC 237 due to an undisclosed injury. Barcelos ended up picking up the victory over Carlos Huachin on the May 11 card, and is now ready for another chance at Nurmagomedov. It will be Nurmagomedov that enters with slight height and reach advantages, and while he has less official time in the Octagon, he's been the superior defensive striker so far. Barcelos seems to have superior offensive wrestling, but Nurmagomedov has yet to be taken down in his first two fights.
Off of UFC 237
May 1, 2019
Nurmagomedov will no longer face Raoni Barcelos at UFC 237 after being forced to withdraw due to an unspecified injury, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
Nurmagomedov had been looking to build on his perfect 2-0 mark in the UFC, but that opportunity will no longer come to pass. Given the tumultuous state of the flyweight division, dropping out of a fight on 10 days' notice is a bit of a risky move, though a move up to bantamweight had all but been confirmed anyway. Meanwhile, Carlos Huachin will step in to face Barcelos instead.
Added to UFC 237 card
March 18, 2019
Nurmagomedov has been booked to fight Raoni Barcelos in a bantamweight bout at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro on May 11, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Nurmagomedov has won each of his two first fights in the UFC, and is coming off a victory via first-round knockout over Ricard Ramos at UFC Fortaleza back in February. His opponent, Barcelos, boasts an identical mark as a perfect 2-0 since joining the promotion.