After trading heavy blows, they reconciled at the hospital bed where Tibura was sent after Abdurakhimov knocked him out in the second round (via <a href="
Abdurakhimov was repeatedly introduced to Tibura's shin before delivering the punch that set the end in motion. But appeared to be in good spirits after his third straight win.
Abdurakhimov has a new brother in arms. Now all he wants is a nod from UFC matchmakers.
“It doesn’t really matter who they give me next, but I would like a top five opponent,” he said after his win. “I just beat the ninth-ranked guy in the division. Come on, give me some tests here.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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