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NEW YORK (AP) – Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted an inappropriate brawl against Conor McGregor in a loading bay. He ended his long journey to a UFC title with a World Cup belt instead, to bring him back to Russia.
Nurmagomedov capped one of the rockiest weeks in 25-year-old UFC history with a dominant excursion over a bloodied Al Iaquinta. Pound Championship by unanimous decision in the main event of the UFC 223 on Saturday night.
Move aside, McGregor. Nurmagomedov is prepared for the main events, not only for presentations with trolleys and broken glass.
"Where's Conor? Want to fight this bus?" Nurmagomedov said:
Nurmagomedov won a McGregor belt this week because the stormy Irishman, who sparked a melee as he threw a handcart and railing onto a bus full of UFC fighters, had not fought for UFC in 17 months.
He is now the only fighter who can claim the lightweight title.
Nurmagomedov improved to 26-0 (10-0 in UFC) on the way to the lightweight championship much more laboriously than his five rounds in the Barclays Center call. He won 50-43 on two scorecards and 50-44 on the third.
Nurmagomedov had failed four matches against interim champion Tony Ferguson – the latest due to a knee injury, the freefight champion Max Holloway's call on after six days to gain weight. Holloway was classified as medically unfit on Friday, which led UFC to bring Iaquinta to Paul Felder for a title fight.
Nurmagomedov was on the bus, saying he needed to be held back by security so as not to fight McGregor in the lower abdomen of the arena.
Nothing stopped him against Iaquinta
The 29-year-old Nurmagomedov had once wrestled a bear as a child, and he had no trouble blowing up a clearly overtaxed Iaquinta. He used takedowns in the first, second and fifth rounds, which led to repeated blows on the back of the head, paving the way for his first UFC title.
"I want to thank Iaquinta for stepping up and fighting, he's a real Brooklyn gangster," Nurmagomedov said.
Nurmagomedov was the fan favorite – the fans wore Papakhas looking like a powdered wig from his home in Dagestan – and chanted "Khabib! Khabib! Khabib!"
Nurmagomedov lent his papakha to Joe Rogan and called Georges St -Pierre for a fight later in the year at Madison Square Garden.
But he was ready for a night of combat night against everyone.
"Give me 30 minutes rest, little water," said Nurmagomedow. "Give me 30 minutes and I can fight anyone, Tony, Conor does not matter."
Rose Namajunas was also a passenger on the bus, who was attacked by McGregor and shaken so that she flirted with the idea of quitting her title fight.
She stayed with it – and kept her title.
Namajunas managed 2 against 2 against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, defending their 115 pound championship with a unanimous decision victory in the co-major event. 19659058] Namajunas (9-3) defeated Jedrzejczyk in the first round of the first game in November to win the straw-heavyweight championship. The 25-year-old Namajunas had to drive the full 25 minutes to win 49:46 on all three scorecards.
"I always said, 'I'm the best,'" she said.
You warn I do not know what to think if Dolly McGregor, who threw the bus, just missed her window. McGregor faces serious charges that cast doubt on his future in combat.
UFC President Dana White said he had talked to McGregor about fighting in September, but now everything is in the air.
"I think there is a mutual respect between us, White said." I had so many things thrown at me this week. The focus on the show was crazy. We'll go back and focus on Conor McGregor. "
McGregor's agent, Audie Attar, wrote on Twitter that former division champ" is looking forward to fighting again as soon as possible. "
Jedrzejczyk (14-2) and Namajunas appeared deadlocked in four laps, with Namajuna's leading left leg taking so many kicks that it blushed bright red, but it blew Jedrzejczyk's face in a series of stiff blows, Jedrzejczyk's right eye being in the fifth Moment swollen, but she still landed a few blows that left her hope alive to regain her championship.
Namajuna defeated Jedrzejczyk with 30 seconds and the crowd roared in the dwindling moments of a sensational championship fight. UFC needed help
Jedrzejczyk embraced Namajunas at the end of the fight.
Namajunas, nicknamed "Thug," was named Hera Usforderer booed in the first fight at Madison Square Garden. But she went back to cheers and a champion and was clearly the people's choice when she joined the Octagon in Brooklyn five months later. She hugged and hugged Pat Barry, a fiancé and training partner.
UFC needed a fresh face in the women's section after Ronda Rousey took on WWE against former Champs and box office winners. Rousey attended a WWE event on Saturday night and was due to debut as WrestleMania on Sunday at Pro Wrestling. She congratulated both Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk and said that UFC was lucky to have them both.
White will be in New Orleans to play for Rousey at the Pro Wrestling Signature Event.
Namajuna, who preaches the power of positivity, proved that her first victory was no coincidence.
"I'm just better, man," she said.
UFC got the main events after the whole map was messed up last week One of the most chaotic weeks in the UFC – with McGregor handcuffed by a police station to endure several allegations – went on Saturday night what it does best: in a show.
Brooklyn was sold out to Barclays with 17,026 fans for a record $ 3,007,108.12 for sporting events.
"Ridiculous in the face of the week we had," White said.