In addition to Vadim Nemkov's great victory against former UFC fighter Corey Anderson, there was another dominant performance and the great victory of Dagestani Usman Nurmagomedov against Patricky Freire, which took away the lightweight belt from him.
With this, Nurmagomedov extended his undefeated streak to 16-0, five of which he won within the Bellator organization. How dominant the victory itself was can be seen in the scorecards (50-45, 50-44, 50-44). With last night's win, Usman Nurmagomedov reached his 16th victory and is now halfway to surpassing the much more famous Nurmagomedov's 29-fight unbeaten streak.
Usman is Khabib's cousin, and the younger brother of Umar Nurmagomedov, who is also a very successful MMA fighter. In last night's performance at Bellator's event, he confirmed once again that blood is not water, and certainly made the rest of the Nurmagomedov family proud.
Until recently, there was speculation as to who would win the belt first; Usman in the Bellator organization or Umar in the UFC organization, but now we know the answer to that. Usman was ahead of his elder brother.
Usman Nurmagomedov vs Patricky Pitbull
Nurmagomedov took the center right at the beginning of the fight and started with frequent "kicks" and single shots from a distance.
He continued at a similar pace in the second round, and soon he landed a perfectly timed punch that shook the champion, which Nurmagomedov immediately took advantage of and scored the first knockdown. Following the example of his cousin, Usman started demolishing Freire on the floor with ground and pound shots, controlling him on the floor, and finally almost bringing the fight to an end with strong elbow strikes.
This time the bell saved 'Pitbull' The third round was similar to the first; Usman threw a lot of kicks and punches from a distance, but he failed to score a knockdown. In the fourth round, Freire woke up and hit Usman fair and square several times, but he wasn't even close to shaking him, and not even close to taking that round.
In the last round, Nurmagomedov gets knocked down again, and with a series of punches and control, he wins the last part of the fight. The end of the round marked the beginning of another Nurmagomedov era, but this time under the auspices of the Bellator organization.