UFC featherweight division said hello to probably it’s worst nightmare as Russian assassin Zabit Magomedsharipov put on a grappling clinic against Brandon Davis at UFC 228 by submitting him courtesy of a knee bar.
UFC 228 according to many, turned out to be a much better card than expected. The prelims featured the ‘Fight of the Night’ and gave fans a ‘blast from past’ as veterans Jim Miller and Diego Sanchez won their respective fights. Only one fighter in the history has been able to execute the rare submission of kneebar. However, UFC 228 featured two of them. Before Magomedsharipov, bantamweight Aljamain Sterling pulled out his own knnebar.
Speaking with MMAjunkie, Magomedsharipov claimed that he was looking to choke Davis as he gives up his back way to often and watching Sterling’s kneebar earlier made him take that route.
“I saw (Sterling’s submission),” Magomedsharipov said after his win. “We’ve been working on it. We watched his tape and saw he was giving his back a lot, so we were working on getting a submission from the back.”
Also Davis claiming that Magomedsharipov has holes in his grappling before the fight, added fuel to Magomedsharipov’s fire.
“I wanted to finish the fight, and I was watching my opponent’s interview and he was saying I had holes in my grappling game,” Magomedsharipov said. “So I wanted to prove to him and everyone else, I don’t have holes in my grappling.”
Zabit Magomedsharipov is now on a four-fight winning streak and wants Chad Mendes or José Aldo next.