The frequent training partner of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov had arguably his strongest performance to date after dropping Aguilar twice during a flurry of punches that stopped the fight at 3:21 into the opening round.
After drawing Aguilar into a fire fight, Tukhugov connected with a left hook that put his opponent down on the canvas. Aguilar bounced back up but he was still on rubber legs as Tukhogov surged forward with a barrage of punches, looking for the finish.
The Russian featherweight tagged Aguilar with a pair of nasty rights before following up with one more left hook that precipitated the end of the fight. With Aguilar down, Tukhugov began raining down with a series of punches that gave referee Marc Goddard no choice but to stop the contest.
“Everyday I’m working with it,” Tukhugov said about his powerful left hand. “That’s my best move with the left hook.”