“UFC 223” marked the third time Zabit Magomedsharipov, 27, of Toms River, New Jersey fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) cage. For the third time, he won in the promotion by defeating Kyle “Crash” Bochniak, 31, of Boston, Massachusetts in the featherweight division.
The featherweight bout between Magomedsharipov and Bochniak ended after three five-minute rounds. It ended in the hands of the judges who gave a unanimous decision in favor of the fighter from New Jersey, who was originally from Dagestan, Russia.
One of the judges scored the bout 29-28 while the other two scored it 30-27 all in favor of Magomedsharipov. This made him still undefeated inside the UFC cage.
Magomedsharipov had his first win in the promotion in his debut on September 2, 2017. He submitted Mike Santiago via rear-naked choke at “UFC Fight Night 115.”
Before “UFC 223,” Magomedsharipov submitted Sheymon Morares via anaconda choke at “UFC Fight Night 122” on November 25, 2017. It was Magomedsharipov’s second UFC win.
Bochniak was also victorious in his most recent bout prior to “UFC 223.” Earning his second UFC win, he defeated Brandon Davis via unanimous decision at “UFC 22” on January 20, 2018.
The first time Bochniak won inside the UFC cage was on August 27, 2016. He defeated Enrique Barzola via split decision at “UFC on Fox 21” on August 27, 2016.
After losing to Magomedsharipov at “UFC 223,” Bochniak now has 8 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Magomedsharipov’s record improved to 15 wins and 1 loss.
“UFC 223” took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 7, 2018. In the main event, undefeated fighter Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 29, of Dagestan, Russia fought for the UFC Lightweight Championship against Al Iaquinta, 30, of New York City, New York.
In the co-main event, reigning UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Rose “Thug” Namajunas, 25, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin defended her title against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 30, of Olsztyn, Poland in a rematch. Meanwhile, here is a backstage interview with Magomedsharipov: