UFC on ESPN+ 21 in Moscow, Russia featured the highly anticipated debut of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin as Abubakar Nurmagomedov took on a gritty David Zawada.
Winning six of his last eight bouts, Nurmagomedov walked in as a heavy favorite. Zawada on the other hand, being 0-2 under the UFC banner had his back against the wall.
Expectedly being associated with the Nurmagomedov clan, Abubakar wasted no time in getting the fight to the ground. Zawada being a BJJ black belt was quick to latch on a triangle choke. Abubakar did well to defend it before Zawada switched to a armbar, eventually switching back to triangle choke again leading Abubakar to tap.
With undefeated lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner in his own hometown, the defeat was indeed disappointing. Khabib took to social media to console his cousin brother. (via Instagram):
“You never know Brother, everything from God.” Khabib said via Google Translate. “Keep on. You never know what lies ahead, but men are different in that they are tested with dignity. Everything from the Almighty, in this life there are things more serious Brother. You never know Brother, everything from God.”
Abubakar will have to go back to drawing board.