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UFC 219 video recap: Khabib Nurmagomedov beats Edson Barboza via dominant decision

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Khabib Nurmagomedov keeps his undefeated record intact via a commanding decision win over Edson Barboza.

MMA: UFC 219-Nurmagmedov vs Barboza Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Fight fans were in great anticipation of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next UFC fight since his fallout from the scheduled interim title championship against Tony Ferguson at UFC 209. But in his return at UFC 219, “The Eagle” definitely did not disappoint.

What was the high point of the fight?

Barboza actually put on a strong start in the opening moments of the fight, landing hard leg kicks. It looked like he was going to be able to sustain the same pace and keep the fight standing and in a better position for him.

But it was only a matter of time before Khabib found his range on the feet, and began the grappling exchanges. The Russian Sambo fighter was most dominant from the landing vicious ground-and-pound strikes that left Barboza with very few answers, particularly in the opening round.

Khabib just kept dictating the fight through the succeeding rounds until he was able to pick up a dominant decision win, with scorecards of 30-25, 30-25 and 30-24.

Where do these two go from here?

Barboza was on an impressive three-fight streak until he ran into Khabib. I believe he is still worthy of a fight against a top-ten opponent, someone like Kevin Lee, to determine his standing as a contender.

With Conor McGregor’s uncertainty and quadrupled net worth, it is quite difficult to predict where he goes next, or if he even fights again. I am personally more interested to see Khabib finally fight Tony Ferguson, next.

Watch it now, later or never?

Great must-watch fight, especially if you are one of those waiting for a Khabib return since March.