The 22 year old new comer Tsarukyan made the most of his UFC debut against the much experienced Makhachev with his relentless take down attempts and excellent scrambles. Makhachev struggled to deploy his ground game in the opening round as Tsarukyan defended it well and scrambled back to his feet. It was a back and forth contest of take down attempts and gaining ground control as both men displayed their techniques and skill set. Tsarukyan managed to secure one take down while Makhachev took him to the ground thrice and controlled it with his pressure. A hard fought win for the AKA fighter who now rides on a five fight win streak in the light weight division.