Khabib Nurmagomedov’s trash talk is getting better – but his math, well, it might need some work.
A video has been making the rounds this week in the buildup to UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi where former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira will face Islam Makhachev for the vacant 155-pound title. In the short clip, Nurmagomedov can be seen talking to Henry Cejudo about how he sees the matchup playing out – suggesting the Brazilian is subpar in terms of his grappling ability.
“This is what Islam’s gonna do with Charles Olivera: he gonna ride him like you ride your horse,” Nurmagomedov told Cejudo. “A lot of people underestimate Islam. They think Charles Oliveira have ground game – He don’t have ground game! If you tap eight times in UFC, how can you say you have ground game? You tap eight times!”
Turns out the lightweight GOAT’s jab was a little off. Oliveira, who has been bested eight times in total, only has three submission losses on his record and holds the record for most submission wins in UFC history. I guess when your record is squeaky clean, the need to keep count of losses is made redundant.
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On this day in MMA…
On the 18th of October, 2008, both Jim Miller and Dan Hardy made their UFC debuts at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England.
Miller, 11-1 at the time, defeated Frenchman David Baron (who’s coincidently beaten Hardy two years prior) with a rear naked choke in the third round, earning him a submission of the night bonus.
Hardy, with a record of 19-6, faced veteran Akihiro Gono. The bout lasted the entire 15-minute duration with two of the judges seeing the decision in Hardy’s favor.
Hardy would go on to challenge for the UFC welterweight title after another three straight wins in the promotion, before dropping the next four straight last fighting in 2012. Miller, who would never challenge for a title, still competes in the UFC today and is the proud holder of 24 wins inside the promotion, the most in history.