Pros React To Khabib’s Dominant Victory Over Barboza

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s unanimous decision victory over Edson Barboza at UFC 219 was clinical to say the least. A packed New Year’s Eve crowd at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegan saw a brutal display as the crowd and bookies’ favourite, took his Brazilian opponent to task.

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Nurmagomedov’s pressuring tactics were enough to take away Barboza’s striking ability as the Brazilian was suffocated for much of the fight. By taking Barboza to the mat as often as possible, the Russian was able to land 55 significant ground strikes to rattle his opponent who was unable to even land one in response.

Khabib’s tactics drew praise from commentators who marvelled at the amount of sheer power and variety he was able to exert through his strikes from the mat. After dominating the opening round and drawing blood it was seen as a shame by many that he was unable to finish the job.
A unanimous decision was a foregone conclusion with the fight going his way scored 30-25.

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The victory takes Nurmagomedov’s winning streak to 9, the 5th longest active winning streak in the UFC. MAny don’t think he’s showing any signs of letting this slip anytime soon. UFC stars were very quick to chime in on Twitter. See what they had to say below.

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