UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje Play-by-Play

Looking to unify the lightweight belts, UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faced interim champ Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. Here’s how their five-round fight went.

Bout 12: Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) vs. Justin Gaethje (22-2) (UFC Lightweight Championship)

Gaethje landed a few leg kicks early in the fight. Nurmagomedov started to look for takedowns around the third minute of the fight, although Gaethje was able to stop an attempt. Nurmagomedov advanced on Gaethje with punches that were mostly being avoided. Gaethje connected with a two-punch combination in the fourth minute of the fight. Nurmagomedov got a double leg takedown in the final minute of the round. Nurmagomedov moved into full guard before attempting an armbar. Gaethje was able to stop his arm from extending until the round ran out of time.

Nurmagomedov scored a takedown early in the second round. He moved into full mount after taking the back of Gaethje.Nurmgomedov pulled guard as he applied a triangle choke from the position that put Gaethje to sleep, ending the fight. 

RESULT: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Justin Gaethje via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 1:34)

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Nurmagomedov 10
Gaethje 9


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