UFC 242 Primer: Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov Maul & Tap Michael Johnson
If you need a refresher on how scary and dominant Khabib Nurmagomedov's top game can be, relive his 2016 win over Michael Johnson.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to face Dustin Poirier in two week’s time, and in advance of the bout, the UFC’s shared out one of the champ’s most memorable wins.
Nurmagomedov cruised to a victory at UFC 205
That victory was Khabib’s submission win over Michael Johnson at UFC 205, which went down on November 12 in 2016 (that’s the same night Conor McGregor won the lightweight title by taking out Eddie Alvarez). At the time, Nurmagomedov was already regarded as one of the best 155’ers on the planet. But, his rise up the UFC’s lightweight ranks had been halted by injuries.
The undefeated fighter proceeded to dominate Johnson with his takedowns and top game, en route to a third-round, submission win. The fight was also an extremely memorable one, since Khabib could be heard telling Johnson he should give up…
You can check it out below. In Nurmagomedov’s last outing, which went down in October, 2018, he submitted the aforementioned McGregor.
UFC 242 line-up
Here is the line-up for UFC 242, which will be hosted by The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi (line-up via MMA Mania).
155 lbs.: Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier
265 lbs.: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Curtis Blaydes
170 lbs.: Belal Muhammad vs. Takashi Sato
170 lbs.: Ottman Azaitar vs. Teemu Packalen
155 lbs.: Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos
155 lbs.: Diego Ferreira vs. Mairbek Taisumov
135 lbs.: Bruno Silva vs. Khalid Taha
170 lbs.: Muslim Salikhov vs. Nordine Taleb
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*Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to change.