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Uzbekistan’s Makhmud Muradov earns 2nd UFC win, knocks out Trevor Smith at ‘UFC on ESPN 7’ in Washington, D.C.

Makhmud “Mach” Muradov, 29, of Uzbekistan and Czech Republic was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 7.” It was the Uzbek-Czech mixed martial artist’s second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 7″ at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., United States on December 7, 2019. The fight card featured 12 MMA bouts.

In the first bout of the evening, Muradov fought Trevor “Hot Sauce” Smith, 38, of Tukwila, Washington, USA in the middleweight division. Kevin Mulhall served as the referee.

After 4 minutes and 9 seconds in the third round, Mulhall put a stop to the middleweight bout. Muradov knocked out Smith via punch.

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 7” improved the professional MMA record of Muradov to 24 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Smith now has 15 wins and 10 losses.

“I’m happy I got my first KO in the UFC,” Muradov said after his “UFC on ESPN 7” win. “I’m happy. If you give me three months, I can show the UFC and fans my big power.”

“Before, it was always two weeks or three weeks,” the Uzbek-Czech MMA fighter continued. “Now,I have two months with a full camp and I show everyone what happens.”

 

“UFC on ESPN 7” marked Muradov’s second bout in the UFC debut. He made his promotional debut on September 28, 2019 at “UFC Fight Night 160” at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

At “UFC Fight Night 160,” Muradov defeated Alessio “Manzo” Di Chirico, 29, of Italy via unanimous decision. They competed in the middleweight division.

Muradov is the first ever Uzbek MMA fighter to join the UFC and now the first Uzbek MMA fighter to win in the promotion. He was born in Uzbekistan on February 8, 1980 and is currently based in Prague, Czech Republic.

In 2018, Muradov signed with Mayweather Promotions. He is the first and still the only MMA fighter to be signed with the boxing promotional firm founded in 2007 by undefeated boxer Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather Jr., 42, of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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