WATCH: Insane Third Round Stoppage by Makhmud Muradov at UFC 257

Published 01/23/2021, 11:52 PM EST
Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Makhmud Muradov (red gloves) fights Trevor Smith (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


The first PPV event of the year is underway at UFC 257. The fight card thus far has been packed with some incredible performances. The main card started with a shocking upset as Marina Rodriguez put away Amanda Ribas in style. Subsequently, Makhmud Muradov took on a veteran in Andrew Sanchez in the second fight on the main card at UFC 257.

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The middleweight bout between the two men was a litmus test for ‘Mach’ to see how well he would fare against a battle-tested veteran in Sanchez. Muradov lived up to all the hype he garnered as he stopped Sanchez in the third round of the fight with a stunning right hand. 

Read: UFC 257: Marina Rodriguez destroys Amanda Ribas with stunning TKO

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Makhmud Muradov moves to 3-0 in the UFC in style 

The fight started well for both Mach’ and ‘El Dirte’. Both men had their moments in the fight, and as it progressed, it looked as if the fight was headed towards the scorecards.

However, ‘Mach’ had other plans. The finishing sequence saw Muradov unload a right hand over the top. The shot rocked Sanchez as he started to wobble around. This was followed up by a perfectly timed flying knee that forced ‘El Dirte’ to back up against the cage. 

Once ‘El Dirte’ was backed up against the cage, Muradov started unloading bombs on him. The referee stepped in to stop the fight to stop further damage from being inflicted. 

Mach’ made his UFC debut in September 2019 with a unanimous decision win over Alessio Di Chirico. This was his third fight and third win in the UFC, and he has secured two of the three wins via TKO. Furthermore, he extended his win streak to 14-0. 

After the fight, ‘Mach’ jumped over the cage and made an unusual request for Dana White to follow him on Instagram. After a performance like this, it is fair to assume his wish will be granted. 

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In the post-fight interview, Muradov said he would be willing to face anyone in the division and dedicated his win to his daughter. 

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What did you make of Muradov’s performance? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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