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The UFC has been on a roll lately in terms of booking fights that look excellent on paper, and this UFC 148 lightweight bout is no different. An undefeated prospect will have to go through (arguably) the biggest guy in the division to continue his ascent. UFC.com fills you in:
The Russian-born Nurmagomedov is undefeated and has never had a fight last fifteen minutes; Brazilian-born Tibau is an American Top Team standout. Both men now train on the East Coast and possess black belts; Numagomedov's in judo and Tibau's in BJJ.
Tibau (25-7) has been in the UFC for over five years, and is 7-2 in his last nine fights. He's currently on a three-fight win streak, with the last coming via split decision over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 139 in November. Nurmagomedov (17-0) made his UFC debut at UFC on FX 1, where he picked up a third-round submission victory over WEC veteran Kamal Shalous.
The bout is expected to take place on the preliminary card.