Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov is still undefeated after beating his Brazilian opponent Edson “Junior” Barboza Jr. The judges concluded their fight with unanimous decision after three breathtaking rounds clearly dominated by the Russian fighter.
Nurmagomedov and Barboza’s lightweight bout was the co-main event of “UFC 219,” which was headlined by the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship bout between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. It took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on Dec. 30, Saturday.
This made Barboza the ninth UFC fighter to lose to Nurmagomedov. The first one was Kamal Shalorus, who lost to the undefeated Russian fighter via rear-naked choke in the third round 3 at “UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller” on Jan. 20, 2012.
Gleison Tibau and Thiago Tavares were the second and third UFC fighters to lose to Nurmagomedov. The Russian fighter defeated Tibau at “UFC 148” via unanimous decision on July 7, 2012 and Tavares via knockout at “UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping” on Jan. 19, 2013.
Abel Trujillo and Pat Healy are the fourth and fifth UFC fighters to lose to Nurmagomedov, respectively. Both via unanimous decision, Nurmagomedov defeated Trujillo at “UFC 160” on May 25, 2013 and Healy at “UFC 165” on Sept. 21, 2013.
Before “UFC 219,” the most recent UFC fighters Nurmagomedov defeated are Rafael dos Anjos, Darrell Horcher and Michael Johnson. Dos Anjos lost to the Russian fighter via unanimous decision at “UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne” on April 19, 2014.
Horcher lost to Nurmagomedov via knockout at “UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans” on April 16, 2016. Johnson lost to the Russian fighter via kimura submission at “UFC 205” on Nov. 12, 2016.