Nurmagomedov extended his unbeaten record to when he defended his title against interim champ Dustin Poirier at UFC in Abu Dhabi on September 7. Nurmagomedov, 31, has been scheduled to face Ferguson, 35, on four previous occasions, although the bout has fallen through each time due to illness or injury to one or other of the pair. Also on rt. Petersburg as a venue, and stating it will happen in March or April of next year. Nurmagomedov is currently in his homeland and was at the center of fervent media speculation on Thursday when he made a hasty early exit from his own Moscow press conference.
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ET for the main card. Enjoy the fights, everyone. Kakai counters with a nice shot. Martinez back on the offensive before eating a counter.
They reset in the center. Kakai shoots and wraps the hips before lifting and putting Martinez on the mat. Martinez punches his way free, and we reset midway through the round. Kakai unloads more punches on his downed opponent, but a wobbly Martinez escapes back to his feet.
Kakai tries to pounce as Martinez looks to shake the cobwebs. However, the knees, elbows and punches keeping coming as Martinez is an easy target against the cage.
Round 2 — Martinez opens the round as the aggressor despite the punishment he took in the first round. Kakai patiently paws his jab before landing a couple counters.
Kakai shoots again, puts Martinez against the fence, and drags him to the mat. He looks to improve position as Martinez put his back to the cage and tries to free himself.
A calm Martinez is trapped but avoids the choke and eventually gets back to his feet and wings punches to create some distance. Martinez then lands a nice punch before trying a flying knee before the round ends. Round 3 — Down on the cards, Martinez is again the aggressor as the round starts.
The fighters trade single punches as Martinez stalks and mixes in body punches.
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Martinez with more body shots and a nice overhand right. Kakai shoots but eats a knee, and Martinez returns to the center of the cage.
Kakai just misses on a big right before ducking and scoring an easy takedown.
Kakai finally pulls him off the cage and looks to get both hooks, but Martinez escapes and is back up with 40 seconds to go. Kakai unloads knees as Martinez swings wild with punches.
Kakai backs against the cage and smiles as Martinez missed with punches. Kakai counters effectively as the round ends.