Umar Nurmagomedov looked every bit of a -500 favorite in his UFC debut.
The cousin of lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov picked up his first promotional win with a second-round rear naked choke submission of former M-1 Global champion Sergey Morozov at UFC Fight Island 8.
Lo duerme!!!! @UmarNmgdv somete a Sergey Morozov en round 2! #UFCFightIsland8 pic.twitter.com/FS8r6EZ15e— ufcespanol (@UFCEspanol) January 20, 2021
The first round proved to be very competitive, although Nurmagomedov was able to show a well-rounded game with his strikes, takedowns and transitions. Morozov showed his heart and grit, landing some impressive strikes of his own and getting back to his feet after takedowns. Nurmagomedov landed a perfectly timed takedown and ended the first round on top.
The second round began with Nurmagomedov landing a lightning-fast head kick that had Morozov in big trouble. The 24-year-old smelled blood and looked to finish, but Morozov was able to hang in there. Once Nurmagomedov took his back standing, Morozov spent the remainder of the fight trying to defend the final submission attempt.
Nurmagomdov improves to 13-0 with the victory, while Morozov sees his five-fight winning streak come to an end.