10 November 2019 02:41

Zabit Magomedsharipov Calvin Kattar Ultimate Fighting Championship

Conor McGregor mocks Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin after UFC Moscow tapout

Paul Felder says Greg Hardy looked impressive in his fight against Alexander Volkov considering Hardy's short career in MMA. Not even after coming in on short notice Saturday against ESPN's No. 7-ranked heavyweight in Alexander Volkov. Hardy said he was "devastated" about the unanimous decision loss in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Moscow, even though he exceeded expectations. And how about Volkov, who is one of the top heavyweights in the UFC? There are also interesting possibilities ahead for main-event winner Zabit Magomedsharipov and the man he defeated, Calvin Kattar.

Result: Lost to Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision But Hardy showed that he belongs with top UFC heavyweights, and that is impressive considering he has only eight career fights with only a bit more than a year of pro experience under his belt. To top it off, he's the first heavyweight in UFC history to fight five times in a calendar year in the modern era. No illegal strike, which disqualified him in his first UFC fight, and no using an inhaler, which turned a win into a no contest Oct. 18. Hardy probably needs to face someone a notch below Volkov for his next fight, though. The UFC threw him in against elite heavyweights, and now the 26-year-old has lost three straight.

Result: Defeated Greg Hardy via unanimous decision Volkov was nearing a title shot when he was cruising against Derrick Lewis at UFC 229 in October 2018. Volkov took more than a year off before returning Saturday in a workmanlike performance against Hardy. Considering the wide gap in experience--30 more pro fights--Volkov was expected to dominate Hardy. It didn't quite go that way, but Volkov did get the job done and it was a unanimous decision with every judge giving the Russian every round. Hardy is a dangerous guy, but some expected Volkov to finish him.

Still, Volkov has won seven of his past eight fights, and the one blip since 2015 came against Lewis in a bout he was winning before the KO. Volkov should get a contender fight next, and Blaydes seems as good a choice as anyone. Result: Defeated Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision Magomedsharipov admitted after a lackluster third round against Kattar that his cardio was not up to par for this fight. Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Volkanovski in the co-main event of UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas. Magomedsharipov in the co-main event of a Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight?

Result: Lost to Zabit Magomedsharipov via unanimous decision Zabit Magomedsharipov, right, is closing in on a title shot while Calvin Kattar didn't hurt his stock with a valiant effort. The fight was supposed to be last month at UFC Boston, near Kattar's hometown of Methuen, Massachusetts, but Magomedsharipov withdrew due to a staph infection and the bout was moved to this weekend. In the third round Saturday, Kattar put it on Magomedsharipov with combinations and dominated. He couldn't get the finish, and Magomedsharipov won the first two rounds, but Kattar proved he can hang and is capable of beating the top featherweights in the world. If Stephens were to win, it would end his skid and keep him in his current role as the man to beat before getting a title contender next.

Stephens seems to be a two- or three-fight winning streak away from a chance at the belt. Promising light heavyweight prospect Magomed Ankalaev made a memorable return to the cage earlier today (Sat., Nov. 9, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 163 live on ESPN+ from inside CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia, when he flattened game striker Dalcha Lungiambula via third-round knockout (front kick and punches). With this performance, Ankalaev has now won three straight fights in the UFC's growing 205-pound division after dropping his debut to Paul Craig via submission in March of last year. Conor McGregor couldn't beat Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he didn't miss an opportunity to gloat when the UFC lightweight champion's family took a loss in the Octagon. Welterweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Khabib's cousin, was unsuccessful in his UFC debut on Saturday, losing via first-round submission to David Zawada on the preliminary portion of UFC Moscow. McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov fought in the main event of UFC 229 last October. On fight night, Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor by fourth-round submission to successfully defend the UFC lightweight championship. Conor McGregor was in full troll mode earlier today (Sat., Nov. 9, 2019) after witnessing Abubakar Nurmagomedov, cousin of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, get choked out in his Octagon debut against David Zawada at UFC Fight Night 163 live on ESPN+ from inside CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia. Nurmagomedov, who has been crushing it under the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and Professional Fighters League (PFL) banners since 2015, was a massive 3:1 favorite entering his UFC debut and was expected to take the welterweight division by storm upon arrival. After the fight, McGregor quickly took to Twitter to taunt Nurmagomedov and take another shot at the Eagles MMA team (all tweets have since been deleted). Remember, McGregor was submitted himself by Khabib back at UFC 229 in October 2018 to lose his bid to reclaim the UFC's lightweight championship. Was McGregor out of line to taunt Abubakar Nurmagomedov after his UFC Moscow loss? Greg Hardy at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, 2019 at CSKA Arena. Alexander Volkov got back on the winning track after over a year away from competition, Saturday in his home of Moscow. The Russian heavyweight contender dominated late replacement and UFC rookie Greg Hardy in the co-main event of the Moscow event and earned a unanimous decision after three rounds. He lost his debut early in the year via disqualification for an illegal knee and had his Oct. 18 decision win overturned after using an inhaler in between rounds. Hardy attempted a takedown early in the fight and then pressed Volkov against the cage before the striker was able to free himself. For his part Volkov used kicks to the body and head before landing straight punches to the head of Hardy. Volkov began the second round landing straight rear kicks to the body, keeping Hardy at bay. Volkov continued to use his length to keep Hardy away for most of the round and punctuated the stanza with a check left punch that stunned Hardy. Volkov began the final round with a push kick straight away and Hardy stormed in with punches that missed. A right cross and left to the head followed from Volkov, and Hardy responded with aggressive punches that missed their mark. The defeat for Hardy is his second of the year and drops his overall pro record to 5-2-1.