The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, March 5, 2022, for UFC 272, going down at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, live on pay-per-view.
Headlining the event is a truly epic non-title bout between two of the best welterweights on the planet, best friends turned bitter rivals, Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal.
Co-headlining the event is a catchweight (160 lbs) bout between former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Renato Moicano.
Dos Anjos was initially slated against Rafael Fiziev tonight, however, Fiziev withdrew from the bout via injury about a week ago and was replaced by a rising prospect in Moicano.
Headlining the early prelims tonight was a very exciting featherweight contest between bantamweight talents Brian Kelleher and Umar Nurmagomedov.
Kelleher has fought some of the very best this sport has to offer. For instance, he boasts a win over former champion Renan Barao, and he even submitted high level BJJ black belt Iuri Alcantara in his UFC debut, and Julio Arce in his fight prior.
Nurmagomedov on the other hand comes into the bout with an undefeated record of 13-0. He, like his cousin Khabib, has dominated everyone he’s fought so far, and looks to continue that dominance here tonight.
Continue reading to see how this contest went down:
Official Result: Umar Nurmagomedov def. Brian Kelleher via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:15 of round one
Nurmagomedov starts out the fight with a very kick-heavy gameplan, though it’s Kelleher pressing the action and controlling the center of the cage.
Nurmagomedov lets go of a wide variety of kicks, including a couple question-mark kicks, one of which partially lands.
Kelleher is tough as nails though and he comes right back with a combination of his own. Nurmagomedov then ties up with Kelleher and tries to take him down.
While he was unsuccessful in his initial attempt, he was able to get close again, grab onto Kelleher and pick his ankle, securing the takedown. He then jumps straight onto Kelleher’s back and immediately sinks in a rear naked choke for the first-round finish.
Umar Nurmagomedov improves to 14-0, as he just improved to 2-0 inside the octagon, securing his second straight finish.
— BOD (@BodsHotTakes) March 6, 2022
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