Khabib Nurmagomedov and Darrell Horcher will battle this Saturday (April 16, 2016) at UFC on FOX 19 inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. In a bizarre, last-minute match up, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight scrappers Khabib Nurmagomedov and Darrell Horcher will duel this Saturday (April 16, 2016) at UFC on FOX 19 inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Prior to his injury and subsequent layoff, Nurmagomedov was in position to fight for the 155-pound title. It’s been mentioned numerous times that Nurmagomedov took a clear victory over the current champion, Rafael dos Anjos, but the Dagestani athlete has to return successfully here in order to earn his shot.
Horcher accepted this bout on short-notice when top-ranked contender Tony Ferguson was forced out with an injury (more details here). And most fans view him as cannon fodder for the returning Sambo specialist. However, Horcher is a Bellator veteran with some big knockout power, so he does have the proverbial “puncher’s chance.”
Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for both athletes:
Key Wins: Rafael dos Anjos (UFC on FOX 11), Pat Healy (UFC 165), Gleison Tibau (UFC 148)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Nurmagomedov is an incredible Sambo fighter. In short, that means he excels at springing forward with looping punches, takedowns of any kind and grappling transitions.
In this bout, the gameplan is simple for Nurmagomedov. The sole loss of Horcher’s career came to the best grappler who he had faced in Phillipe Nover, and he’s nowhere near as strong a wrestler as “The Eagle.” With that in mind, there’s little doubt that Nurmagomedov can manhandle his opponent in the clinch and put him on his back. Considering his opponent’s punching power, that’s the safest ….View full article
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