Umar Nurmagomedov lived up to the name once again as he thoroughly dominated Nate Maness on the main card of UFC Vegas 57.
Nate Maness was a sizable underdog heading into his bantamweight bout against Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC Vegas 57.
The question was, how much of that was based on Nurmagomedov’s name value alone?
Umar Nurmagomedov started the fight with a leg kick and Maness charged in with a flurry but did not connect with anything. Nurmagomedov quickly took Maness down after the latter overcommitted on some strikes and began working in guard. Nurmagomedov was stacking his opponent to try and create space. A strong left landed for Nurmagomedov as he backed Maness to the fence. Nurmagomedov passed to half guard, then full mount. He threw ground and pound to the bell.
Nurmagomedov quickly got Maness down and briefly had side control. He regained the position, then began working for full mount. Maness was able to stop Nurmagomedov from getting mount several times. It took some time, but Nurmagomedov was able to take the back of Maness. Nurmagomedov threw heavy hands, but was not able to get the stoppage as we went to a third round.
Nurmagomedov landed a pair of head kicks to start the final round as he showcased his striking following two dominant rounds of grappling. Nurmagomedov smoothly dodged a head kick from Maness. The fight hit the floor again as Nurmagomedov took down Maness once again. Nurmagomedov happily stayed in guard to land big elbows here and there as he continued a dominant performance.
Umar Nurmagomedov def. Nate Maness by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)