Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed that the hardest combat of his UFC profession was in opposition to Gleison Tibau.

Chatting with Ilya Trifanov on Match TV, Nurmagomedov mentioned that the combat in opposition to Tibau not solely examined his bodily competency, but additionally his psychological aptitude.

“I did not have simple fights. Possibly from the surface, it appeared so. However the hardest (combat) was in 2012 once I was 24. It was a combat in opposition to Gleison Tibau. He was on a superb successful streak, was within the high 15 finest lightweights on the earth. This combat was tough each emotionally and bodily,” mentioned Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov famous that though Tibau was his hardest opponent, he considers his combat in opposition to Conor McGregor to be an important one.

After submitting Kamal Shalorus in his UFC debut, The Eagle locked horns with Tibau in his second combat within the promotion, which remained largely aggressive. Nevertheless, all three judges scored the competition in Nurmagomedov’s favor. However, how did the combat go?

What occurred in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s combat in opposition to Gleison Tibau?

Gleison Tibau was evidently the favourite to win the combat, as he was coming off a giant victory in opposition to Rafael dos Anjos. The Brazilian had snatched 5 wins in his final six matches and clearly had the higher hand, not less than on the paper, going into the combat.

As Khabib Nurmagomedov talked about himself, Tibau was on a successful streak and belonged within the high 15 of the light-weight division, which gave him an edge over his Russian opponent.

Though Tibau got here near halt Nurmagomedov’s undefeated run, the Brazilian’s efforts weren’t sufficient to persuade the judges that he obtained the higher of The Eagle.

Tibau was efficiently capable of defend Khabib Nurmagomedov’s takedowns, which is in itself a uncommon sight. Actually, he defended all 13 takedown makes an attempt by The Eagle. Along with that, Tibau additionally landed extra important strikes, in response to UFC Stats.

What presumably labored in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s favor was how he dictated the combat. The Eagle loved an enormous floor management time of 4 minutes and 26 seconds, though he did not inflict a lot harm, it was sufficient for the judges to decide on a winner.

Additionally, what should be famous is that Tibau was examined optimistic for Erythropoietin (EPO) in 2015.

Printed 29 Dec 2020, 06:35 IST



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