Tagir Ulanbekov put forth a grappling masterclass at UFC Vegas 64, submitting Nate Maness quickly in the first round to get back in the win column.
Tagir Ulanbekov is part of the wave of impressive Dagestani grapplers taking over the UFC. At UFC Vegas 64, he was looking to earn his third Octagon victory after dropping a decision against Tim Elliott. While seven of his 12 fights before joining the promotion ended with stoppages, all three of his fights had gone the full 15 minutes since his debut.
Nate Maness was making noise in the Octagon heading into the event with a 3-1 record. Stoppages against Luke Sanders and Tony Gravely had put him on the map, but a loss to Umar Nurmagomedov slowed his ascent. Following his first UFC loss, he was given another Dagestani beast to try and tame.
Tagir Ulanbekov wasted no time, immediately taking Maness down near the fence. Ulanbekov was controlling the fight from guard as Maness was trying to work his way up. Maness found a window about 90 seconds into the round and attempted to stand up. Ulanbekov followed him up and got an arm under the chin. He began cranking a high elbow guillotine. Maness’ resistance forced Ulanbekov to switch to more of a neck crank, which is what pulled out the tap from Maness.
Ulanbekov is teammates with Maness’ last opponent, Umar Nurmagomedov, and thanked him for showing him the right gameplan during training camp.
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Tagir Ulanbekov def. Nate Maness by Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 1 (2:11)