In Moscow, the UFC FN 163 tournament ended with the participation of Zabit Magomedsharipov and other Russian fighters.
In the main match of the UFC Fight Night 163 tournament, two top featherweight – the eleventh ranking number Kelvin Kattar (20-4) and the fifth – Zabit Magomedsharipov (18-1). The Russian began the fight actively, constantly pressing the American. Kattar was in no hurry and tried to reach the right distance. Zabit moved perfectly, changed racks and beat kicks at different angles, putting the opponent in an uncomfortable position.
By the middle of the meeting, the density of the match decreased. Zabit did not rush things, breaking through rare kicks. Kattar, on the other hand, mainly focused on hand punches, but most of them fell through the air and did not create great difficulties for Magomedsharipov. In one of the episodes, the Russian managed to effectively transfer Kattara to the ground with a hook of the front leg, but Zabit did not succeed in developing success, and the fight continued in the stance.
In the final segment, the fatigue of the Russian athlete was visible. Probably due to his recent illness. Zabit began to recede noticeably more along the perimeter of the octagon. Feeling the opponent’s fatigue, the American joined the first number in the work and constantly pressed his vis-a-vis, trying to deliver a heavy blow. The Russian began to miss more, and it seemed that he was shocked by the hits of Qattar. Nevertheless, Magomedsharipov managed to get together and also answered with hits. After an unsuccessful attack by the American, Zabit transferred Cattara to the ground, where he sought to keep him until the final gong. But it cannot be said that this situation was unfortunate for Qattar. Being on the shoulder blades, he inflicted many blows to Zabit.
“Kattar is a tough fighter,” Zabit Magomedsharipov commented after the match. – I did not expect that in the third round he would put such pressure on me. Very tired. In the UFC I have 6-0 already. In December, whoever won – Volkanovsky or Max (Holloway) – I would like to meet with the winner. I would definitely be well prepared … I just couldn’t manage to approach this fight because I had an infection: I was treated, drank antibiotics. And thus, he could not completely pass the collection, which is why he was a little tired.
Nevertheless, Zabit Magomedsharipov defeated Kelvin Kattar by unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). The fight came out so bright that it was marked by the management with a promotion for the “Fight of the evening” bonus. Another victory brought the Russians closer to the title fight.