UFC 205: McGregor vs. Alvarez took place Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Top-ranked UFC lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) and Michael Johnson (17-11) locked horns on the night's preliminary card, which aired live on FOX Sports 1. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Nurmagomedov vs. Johnson, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com's Danny Segura.
Round 1: Johnson starts this fight with a leg kick. A minute in and tons of movement from both guys. Another nice leg kick by Johnson. Nurmagomedov eating a few left hands there. Nurmagomedov is hurt. He's wobbled. Johnson is looking flawless. Nurmagomedov shoots for a takedown, Johnson defends and gets put against the cage. Nurmagomedov gets the takedown and puts Johnson in the crucifix position. Johnson gets out and drags Nurmagomedov into his half guard. Man, Nurmagomedov staying busy, beating up Johnson. Tons of pressure here from Nurmagomedov. A minute left. Big shots by Nurmagomedov. From quarter guard, Nurmagomedov is wrecking Johnson. The bell rings, saving Johnson.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Nurmagomedov.
Round 2: Johnson looking a bit slower here in the second. On the other hand, Nurmagomedov looks very confident. Nurmagomedov pushes Johnson against the cage, goes for a takedown, and Johnson defends. Nurmagomedov re-shoots, Johnson defends again, but this time goes for the neck and drops to a guillotine choke. Bad news for Johnson, as Nurmagomedov gets out and is now on top of him. Nurmagomedov punishing Johnson with heavy shots. Two minutes left. Johnson looks helpless on the ground. Nurmagomedov completely dominating the fight, landing heavy ground-and-pound. One minute left. Nurmagomedov has Johnson's arm tied up with his right hand, while landing punches with his left. The round is over.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8, Nurmagomedov. Overall 20-17, Nurmagomedov.
Round 3: What a fight. Lets see how Johnson looks in the third. Quick takedown by Nurmagomedov close to the fence. This is brutal. Nurmagomedov pounding on Johnson from top position. Nurmagomedov gets full mount and traps one of Johnson's arm with his leg. Johnson tries to reverse the position and fails, but at least he gets Nurmagomedov off the mount. Nurmagomedov goes to north-south and locks in a kimura, tapping Johnson. Wow! incredible performance by Nurmagomedov.
UFC 205 results: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Michael Johnson via submission (Kimura) (Round 3, 2:31)