Kicking off Saturday night’s UFC 253 show is a light heavyweight bout between Khadis Ibragimov and Danilo Marques. Here’s how their fight went.
Bout 1: Khadis Ibragimov (8-3) vs. Danilo Marques (9-2) (Light Heavyweight)
Marques shot for a takedown in the first minute of the fight. Ibragimov was able to back up to the fence to stop the takedown. Marques got a takedown eventually, although Ibragimov was able to return to the feet shortly after. Marques kept Ibragimov pressed against the cage when they got up. Ibragimov grabbed the cage as they went to the ground. He was able to get into full mount before Marques stood up. Marques got on the back of Ibragimov when on the feet. They separated and returned to striking with three minutes left in the round. Ibragimov charged forward with a combination of punches in the fourth minute of the fight. A cut on the nose of Marques opened shortly after. Marques tried for a takedown, putting Ibragimov against the fence again. Marques got a takedown with a minute left in the fight. He mounted the back of Ibragimov as he returned to his feet. Marques tried for a rear naked choke from the position. Re-applying the choke a couple of times, Marques kept trying for the submission until the round ran out of time.
Like the start of the first round, the second round saw a slow pace of strikes from both fighters on the feet. Ibragimov threw wild singular hooks and uppercuts that didn’t connect. Marques got on the back of Ibragimov in the third minute of the round after securing a single leg takedown. Ibragimov tried to stand up, but dropped to his knees while Marques was still on his back. Marques stayed on the back of Ibragimov until the round concluded.
Marques failed to get a takedown a minute into the round. Ibragimov seemingly used the fence to stop a takedown, being warned by the referee again afterwards. Ibragimov landed a hard overhand right while backing up in the third minute of the fight. Marques attempted a takedown after. Ibragimov attempted a guillotine that Marques was able to escape. Marques scored a takedown from the clinch with half of the round left. Marques moved from half guard into full mount. Ibragimov was able to power his way into full guard on top. Marques was able to regain position on top with a minute left. He got on the back of Ibragimov and attempted a rear naked choke with 15 seconds left to work. They remained in the position until the fight ran out of time. Going to the judges, Marques was given the win (29-28, 29-28 & 30-27).
RESULT: Danilo Marques def. Khadis Ibragimov via Decision, Unanimous
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