“I Smashed Him”: Khabib Nurmagomedov Claims That He Won the Third Round Against Conor McGregor

Published 02/27/2020, 7:10 PM EST


Recently, Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed that he has never lost a round in a mixed martial arts fight.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are the biggest rivals in MMA. It all began when Khabib slapped Conor’s teammate Artem Lobov because of the comments Artem had made regarding Khabib. As revenge, Conor attacked the bus Khabib was travelling in. All these incidents eventually led to their match in 2018.

The fight itself was a complete domination by the champion. Khabib took down Conor on multiple occasions and punished him with brutal ground and pound. Eventually, the Eagle was able to submit the challenger in the fourth round.

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Although the match is seen as domination by Khabib, the third round belonged to the challenger according to the judges.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Says he never lost the third round

“Third round, I stood with him for a reason,” Khabib told Daniel Cormier.

When Daniel Cormier asked Khabib whether he won the third round, he said, “ I smashed him.”
Khabib told Cormier that he wanted to challenge Conor at his own game and decided to strike with him. He claimed that he has never lost a round in the UFC.

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The third round in Conor vs Khabib was close. While Khabib landed 15 significant strikes, Conor was able to land 34 significant strikes on the champion. The challenger was able to keep the fight standing for a full five minutes.

Although Khabib claims to have won the third round in his fight with Conor, the statistics say otherwise. Some fans believe that Khabib was tired from the previous rounds’ output which allowed Conor to have the upper hand in the third round.

However, it does not matter whether Khabib lost the third round. Eventually, he was able to get the finish.

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