Prior to UFC 219, things had not been going Khabib Nurmagomedov’s way. The top lightweight contender had yet to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the year of 2017 due to an injury. However, “The Eagle” made his big return to the octagon on Saturday night, Dec. 30, shocking the Las Vegas crowd with a stunning performance. Now fight fans can see highlights from the exciting performance all over again.
Nurmagomedov was initially set to face off against Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title earlier this year. However, “The Eagle” suffered weight management issues that forced the fighter to be rushed to the hospital. The highly anticipated match up was cancelled as a result.
For his big octagon return, the lightweight contender went toe-to-toe with Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The two threw down in the night’s co-main event inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Nurmagomedov put on a dominant performance over his opponent, earning a unanimous decision victory after three rounds of wrestling and brutal ground and pound.
Now highlights from the intense match up can be seen in the video below.