The Nurmagomedov name is synonymous with dominance in the world of mixed martial arts. Following in the footsteps of his famous cousin, Khabib, Usman Nurmagomedov continued the family tradition of undefeated fight careers and impressive performances. On Saturday night in San Diego, Usman Nurmagomedov defended his Bellator lightweight championship in the main event of Bellator 300, defeating former champ Brent Primus via a one-sided unanimous decision. This victory not only solidified his status as the reigning champion but also marked his advancement in the Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix.
Unlike his cousin Khabib, who relied heavily on his world-class wrestling skills, Usman Nurmagomedov showcased his striking abilities throughout the fight. The 25-year-old champion utilized a relentless array of kicks to target Primus’ legs, torso, and head. This strategic approach resulted in significant damage to Primus and prevented him from mounting any significant threat during the five-round contest. Nurmagomedov’s striking dominance was evident from the very first round, where he had a substantial margin of 38-9 in strikes landed. The subsequent rounds only amplified the champion’s control over the fight.
While Primus continued to press forward throughout the fight, Nurmagomedov expertly evaded his attacks and countered with devastating punches and well-executed takedowns. The challenger’s face bore the brunt of Nurmagomedov’s strikes, displaying visible signs of puffy redness, numerous cuts, and bruises. With each passing minute, it became increasingly evident that Nurmagomedov was in complete control. By the end of the fight, all three judges unanimously scored the bout 50-45 in favor of Nurmagomedov. Speaking after the fight, Nurmagomedov expressed his satisfaction with his performance, stating, “I think I did a good job. It was my night.”
Bellator 300 showcased the exceptional talents of not only Usman Nurmagomedov but also two other champions on the card. In the co-main event, women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg demonstrated why she is regarded as one of the greatest fighters in women’s MMA history. She dominated Cat Zingano in the first round, showcasing her skills after a long hiatus. Cyborg’s victory marked her fifth successful title defense, further solidifying her legacy within Bellator.
The main card opener featured a showdown between Liz Carmouche and former women’s flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. Both fighters displayed mutual respect, resulting in minimal engagement. However, Carmouche’s relentless leg kicks took a toll on Macfarlane, especially her injured left knee. Despite the difficulty of facing a friend in the cage, Carmouche stayed focused and secured a fourth-round TKO victory.
With his successful title defense, Usman Nurmagomedov now sets his sights on the final of the Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix. He is scheduled to face the winner of the semifinal bout between Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Alexander Shabliy on November 17th. Having previously defeated Freire, Nurmagomedov aims to continue his reign as the dominant force in the lightweight division. Meanwhile, Cris Cyborg called for her next title defense to be against Leah McCourt, who secured a first-round TKO victory in the prelims.
Despite the cancellation of Ryan Bader’s heavyweight defense, Bellator 300 delivered an exciting night of fights. The dominant performances of Usman Nurmagomedov, Cris Cyborg, and Liz Carmouche showcased their exceptional skills and reaffirmed their status as champions. As the Bellator promotion continues to provide a platform for these talented fighters, fans eagerly anticipate future matchups and the continued rise of these exceptional athletes.