Taking place at featherweight rather than his traditional 135lbs, Umar immediately dictated the pace of the bout and only needed 3:15 to take Kelleher’s back and earn the submission via rear-naked choke.
The win at UFC 272 puts Umar 2-0 in the UFC. What’s more impressive is that Brian Kelleher (24-13-0) is by far the biggest challenge Umar has faced and it took less than one round to dispatch him. In the process, Umar took zero damage and expressed interest in fighting again soon while speaking to Joe Rogan during the post-fight interview.
“I’m very happy I got a win over such a great competitor… I am going to stay at bantamweight. I took this fight on short notice because of the opponent but I’m going to stay at bantamweight,” said Nurmagomedov through the help of a translator. Nurmagomedov also called for a fight next weekend, if anyone was willing to fight him.
What Comes Next for Nurmagomedov?
As the cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Umar looks to continue the legacy that ‘The Eagle’ left behind after returning an undefeated champion. One would say Umar is well on his way to fulfilling that legacy with an impressive undefeated record that includes three straight stoppages via rear-naked choke.
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