This is the UFC on FOX 19 live blog for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher, a catchweight bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
Nurmagomedov, who is 22-0 and competing for the first time since UFC on FOX 11 because of injuries, will face Horcher, who is making his UFC debut, on the main card.
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Round 1: Nurmagomedov is walking to the octagon with his signature hat for the first time in about two years. The crowd cheers as he gets closer to the cage. Both fighters move to the center and don’t touch gloves. Not much going on here. Horcher moves forward and throws several straight punches. Two minutes have passed with very little action. Nurmagomedov shoots for a double, picks up Horcher and slams him in the center of the octagon. Nurmagomedov is in half-guard. Shortly after he moves to side control. Nurmagomedov lands ground and pound moves to north-south. Horcher gives his back avoiding the mount and Nurmagomedov beggins to land solid shots. The round ends with Nurmagomedov on top.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Nurmagomedov.
Round 2: The second round starts and Nurmagomedov wastes no time and takes down Horcher. Nurmagomedov moves to side control and works for a crucifix. He gets it and starts chopping away on Horcher with ground and pound. Horcher escapes but gives up his back again. Nurmagomedov begins to land heavy shots as Horcher just covers himself up with no attempts to escape the position. The referee has no option but to stop the fight. Typical Nurmagomedov performance. He dominates Horcher.
Source:: mma fighting