Zabit Magomedsharipov once again gets the job done under the UFC banner. It was a heated bout against a resilient Sheymon Moraes, but the Russian talent did more than enough to ensure victory.
Zabit Magomedsharipov opened his account early with a few probing jabs and side kicks. Much of the initial round became a feeling out period between the two strikers, but Zabit continued to land solid jab-straight combinations. Zabit took the fight to the ground to finish round one. There was not much Moraes could offer in terms of proactive defense as Zabit controlled him from the mount.
Going into the second round, Zabit attempted a tornado kick that resulted in a takedown attempt. Moraes did extremely well to circle around and reverse the attempt and Zabit found himself mounted by the Brazilian. Magomedsharipov is just too solid with his grappling as he scrambles out from under Moraes and controls the position. Zabit finishes round two on top as he continues to stay dangerous with submission attempts.
Sheymon Moraes comes out with much more urgency as the pressure is on to finish. Zabit lands a solid spinning back fist but the poker face of Moraes is enough to make Zabit force another takedown. The rest of the round is a series of takedowns as Zabit refuses to let Moraes out of his grip. The Brazilian is stubborn in defense as Zabit can’t seem to find any offensive angles. Zabit lets Moraes slip out of half guard as he finds positioning for an anaconda choke on the way up. As Zabit clamps down, Moraes has no choice but to tap as the Dagestani fighter racks up another finish.
In just his second fight with the promotion, Zabit Magomedsharipov is well on his way to making waves at 145. The Dagestani fighter gave high praise to his team with Ricardo Almeida and Mark Henry sharing the honors. It seems like the crew at Toms River may have another champion on their hands if results continue.