In his UFC debut, Magomed Bibulatov looked every bit the potential title contender longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has sought.
But he also may want to cut down on the fouls if he’s going to fully live up to the hype.
The undefeated Bibulatov had little trouble dispensing of Jenel Lausa in the opening matchup of UFC 210 at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center on Saturday night. The judges scores were 29-26 across the board.
The scores, though, came in part due to a string of fouls, which ultimately ended up in a point deduction. In the first round, Bibulatov landed a knee to the groin. At the end of the round, he landed a knee to the body after the horn. Finally, in the second, Bibulatov drilled Lausa with a kick to the groin, causing referee John McCarthy to deduct a point.
Other than that, though, the Chechnyan Bibulatov lived up to his advance billing. His striking was crisp, he barely missed on multiple spinning strike attempts which may have ended the fight, and in the third, he scored a slam and worked over Lausa for the rest of the round.
That improved Bibulatov to 13-0 for his career. Lausa (7-3), from the Philippines, had a five-fight win streak snapped and dropped to 1-1 in the UFC.