UFC 148: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau Result
Top prospect vs. MMA veteran.
UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg
July 7, 2012
Lightweight bout: Khabib Nurmagomedov (18-0) def. Gleison Tibau (25-8) via unanimous decision (30-27 across the board).
They touch gloves. Nurmagomedov has a very unfriendly spellcheck name. Tibau has a definite and visual size advantage. Goldberg notes this is Tibau's 16th UFC fight. Good for him. Russians in the crowd chant KHABIB! Awesome. My webmaster, who's Russian, loves this. Head kick blocked by Tibau. Takedown stuffed by Tibau, but Nurmagomedov has a hold of that single leg. Presses Tibau up against the cage. Nurmagomedov keeps him against the cage. KHABIB chants. My Russian webmaster translates Khabib's corner. PUSH. PRESS. PRESS. Yeah, we're cool like that here at TSC.
Apparently, Brazilians are singing in the crowd according to Rogan--singing "I'm Brazilian and I have pride." Wow. Ref Mario Yamasaki breaks them up. Ridiculous. Single leg by Nurmagomedov. Brazilains chanting something else now. They'll probably chant "Die Chael Die" later tonight.
Crowd sounds like they're chanting KHABIB. Khabib has slowed down a bit due to those failed takedown attempts. Head kick by Tibau blocked. He stumbles Nurmagomedov with his heavy hands. Right hand by the Russian. Takedown attempt. Tibau stuffs it, as his back is against the cage. Tibau is defending well, while having time ot throw a knee and a punch. They break. Tibau has won seven of his last nine fights and three straight. Tibau cut above his right eye. They lock up and tibau has him down and nearly takes his back with the over under.
Nurmagomedov gets back up and ties him up. He nearly gets rocked by Tibau before shooting for the takedown. He needs to protect his neck from Tibau's guillotine. They're tied up against the cage. Tibau's back on the cage. Rogan says Tibau should write a book to cut weight. Absolutely. Yamasaki breaks them up again. Whatever, Mario. High knee by Nurmagomedov to end the round.
High kick by Nurmagomedov misses. Rogan is already singing Nurmagomedov's swan song for this fight. I gave Nurmagomedov Round One, so it's not over yet, Joe. They tie up and break. Tibau gets him down and gets his back. He loses it as both stand and break. Nurmagomedov shot for the takedown, but eats a knee. He presses Tibau against the cage and eats a knee to the body. Nuramgomedov looked to be holding a fence, but stopped when Yamasaki said he'd take a point off. They break. Nurmagomedov firing shots at Tibau. Tibau responds. Crowd starting to boo. Big swings and misses by Muramgomedov. He clips Tibau with the right hand. Tibau fakes a takedown. Good head movement by Tibau. Nurmagomedov is relentless with his takedown attempt as the round ends.
Official Decision: Khabib Nurmagomedov (18-0) def. Gleison Tibau (25-8) via unanimous decision - (30-27 across the board).
What. the. F***.
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