UFC 219: Pros React to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Mauling of Edson Barboza

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Khabib Nurmagomedov was all over Edson Barboza at UFC 219 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. So much so that their co-main event lightweight war saw ‘The Eagle’ awarded two 30-25 scores, and a 30-24. It was a one-sided mauling that only went the distance due to the sheer heart of Edson Barboza. A lesser fighter might have looked for a way out, but Barboza stuck it out to the bitter end.

He even managed to get a little offense in late in the third, launching and connecting a spinning back kick. The wrestling and ground n’ pound of Khabib Nurmagomedov was simply too much, however.

It’s clear that either Tony Ferguson or Conor McGregor should be next for the lightweight, who is undefeated at 25-0. Those two may have a date with each other first, however. What is also clear is that Khabib’s fellow fighters took notice of his actions at UFC 219.

In addition to the win over Edson Barboza, Nurmagomedov was also celebrating the birth of his son, making the night extra special for the fighter.

UFC 219 took place December 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, the card featured Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm in the main event, with women’s featherweight gold on the line.