The Invincible At UFC 280, Muhammad Mokaev defeated Malcom Gordon to earn his third UFC victory. Since making his UFC debut earlier this year, Mokaev, who has the greatest amateur MMA career in history, has gained a lot of notoriety. Welcome to Mokaev vs Gordon Highlights.
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A victory over Gordon has put Mohmmad Mokaev in position to face a ranked opponent later on. Gordon entered the UFC on a two-fight winning streak and as a high-level player after a disastrous start to his UFC career.
Malcom Mokaev dodged Gordon’s stroke and delivered a powerful body kick instead. As soon as Gordon connected with a right hand, took a flying knee, and was then taken down by Mokaev, who landed in top half guard against the cage, the fight descended into chaos. Gordon struggled to get to his feet as Mokaev puched a few elbows from the top.
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Gordon escaped a guillotine attempt by Mokaev and rose to his feet. Mokaev made another attempt before switching to a single leg takedown, which he successfully executed and came out on top of in full guard.
Mokaev remained in first place but was unable to apply much pressure to the opponent. A third guillotine attempt by Muhammad, this time from the top half, failed because it was never very tight.
The second round began with Gordon applying more forward pressure while Mokaev displayed some showmanship. A spinning kick and a flying knee from Mokaev were unsuccessful. Gordon then blasted forward and connected with a right hand, forcing Mokaev to opt for a takedown.
With no resistance against the fence, Gordon appeared to almost sit down instantly and give up the takedown. Mokaev worked to land short punches while in full guard before progressing to bigger blows and going body, body, head.
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Mokaev appeared to be about to lose his balance. After a largely dominant performance, he abruptly changed to an armbar and, seemingly out of nowhere, forced the tap with less than a minute to finish the fight. Later, Mokaev acknowledged that despite his confidence in his own abilities, he had underestimated his opponent’s ground game.
“To be honest, I underestimated this guy. I can’t do this anymore when [there’s] 10 years in difference. But I know I was comfortable in the ground everywhere. This guy is a black belt, I just got my purple belt. I don’t give a f*** what belt he has.”