It was the only quick verdict of the afternoon, but welterweight fighter David Zawada was able to pick up a round one victory over Khabib’s cousin, Abubakar Nurmagomedov. The decision came at the two minute fifty second mark when Zawada locked in a triangle choke on Nurmagomedov to secure the submission victory. It was a stunning, unexpected moment from yesterday’s Fight Night 163 in Moscow.
With talent and skill like that, there’s no doubt in my mind that Zawada will work his way off the preliminary card and onto the main roster in no time. The winner, aged 31, hails from Germany and holds a professional fighting record of 17-5. The loser, aged 29, calls Russia home and holds an admirable record of 15-3-1. Fight Night 163 in Moscow served as his preliminary card debut, which was a losing effort to David Zawada.
Not only did David take home the bonus check of $50,000, but he also demonstrated his maturity and sportsmanship while talking with the press. He tells ESPN and other sources that he recognized the Nurmagomedov family as strong fighters and used that anticipation to fuel his hunger for a great battle in the ring. He also says he respects Abubakar and Khabib, and called them “very nice guys.” Which I think is mostly true.. unless you’re Conor McGregor.