5 biggest takeaways from UFC 242: Khabib's dominance, Barboza's appeal and more

What mattered most at UFC 242 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi? Here are a few post-fight musings …

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1. ‘The Eagle’ continues to soar

What can you say about Khabib Nurmagomedov? The UFC lightweight champion continued to prove he’s one of a kind inside the octagon when he added another dominant victory to his flawless record by submitting Dustin Poirier in the third round of their championship unifier.

Only one other fighter in UFC history has done what Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) has by starting his octagon tenure with 12 consecutive wins, and that was all-time great Anderson Silva. But even “The Spider” lost some rounds along the way, which the Russian titleholder has only had happen a single time throughout his UFC run.

It’s wholly impressive watching Nurmagomedov break down opponents time after time and sap their will. UFC president Dana White said post-fight that Nurmagomedov is on the cusp of “GOAT status,” and while there’s arguments to be made against that right now, if he gets his record to 30-0 and possibly beyond, that label would be nearly impossible to deny.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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