UFC 260 Preliminary Card: Jared Gooden vs Abubakar Nurmagomedov- Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/26/2021, 2:02 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Jared Gooden punches Alan Jouban in their welterweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC welterweight division is on display in the preliminary card of UFC 260. Jared Gooden and Abubakar Nurmagomedov will face off in a fight that will certainly turn some heads.

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Abubakar’s last name might find you scratching your head, and indeed, he is distantly related to the former UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Family relations aside, he is a great fighter in his own right. This fight is going to be really interesting to watch for the neutrals.

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Under normal circumstances, this would be a classic match between two fighters with similar fighting styles. However, Gooden has spiced the match up with some, remarks about Khabib Nurmagomedov and his family.

“Whenever you hear the name Nurmagomedov, or whenever I do, I think of g** porn. You know what I mean? These guys are gonna come out there; they’re gonna try to wrestle, they’re gonna d*** ride, they’re gonna grab a leg and just stay on the whole 3 rounds. The Russians, they all fight the same,” he said.

These statements won’t do anyone any good in the long run. Gooden might have overstepped, and Abubakar will now have some more motivation to win the fight.

UFC 260: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs Jared Gooden

While the upper half of the welterweight division is in turmoil after the champion Kamaru Usman has beaten everybody in his path, fights like these just slip under the radar.

Incidentally, Gooden has never been submitted in any of his fights and has an impressive record of 17-5. Out of his 5 losses, 4 have been via decision while he got knocked out by Bruno Oliveira in his previous promotion, Titan FC.

On the other hand, Nurmagomedov has a decent record of 15-3-1. He has mixed it up with 6 knockout victories, 4 wins by submissions, and 5 wins via decisions. His 3 losses comprise 2 submission losses and 1 loss via decision.

Abubakar spoke to RT Sport MMA ahead of this fight. If this interview is anything to go by, Nurmagomedov will be raring to go.

He will be looking for a submission, and he will be very dangerous. If Gooden is not careful, he’ll get the first submission loss of his career.

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Both the fighters are coming off of losses in their last fight. Abubakar lost to David Zawada after a triangle choke, and Gooden lost his last fight against Alan Jouban via a decision. Therefore, they will be looking for the victory after their disappointing debuts in the UFC.

Keep an eye on this one, as there’s some bad blood between the two.

Prediction: Abubakar Nurmagomedov to win via a unanimous decision.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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