UFC Moscow: Zabit Edges Kattar, Hardy Loses

On a night in which his fellow countrymen weren’t all getting victories, it was up to Zabit Magomedsharipov to put Russia on his back. Inside the CSKA Arena in Moscow, Zabit defeated Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

Zabit (18-1) has now won 14 fights in a row and is 6-0 in the UFC. After the fight, he stated he would like the winner of Max Holloway v. Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245 in December.

The fight was competitive right from the get-go. Kattar (20-4) started off with a few punches while Zabit utilized kicks. Zabit would then follow up with combination jabs and a spinning back-fist. Kattar had solid head movement but was missing key shots. Towards the end of the round, Zabit hit front kicks, followed by a Kattar low kick. A step-through by Kattar was then countered by overhand rights and a flying knee. The round ended with Zabit landing over 30 shots while Kattar had about 15.

Round two saw the pace slow down a bit. Zabit started with strikes and kicks, and would continue to attack the leg as Kattar blocked his body. Kattar’s corner encouraged him to hit more jabs but Zabit’s head movement started to look efficient. Zabit went for two takedowns but Kattar blocked them, and both started to go at it once again. Kattar hit the flying knee but missed a left hook. While Kattar was gaining momentum, Zabit’s rapid-fire shots did more of the damage.

The third round started off poorly, as Kattar was hit below the belt. Following a break, Zabit hit a body shot following by faking a spinning back fist. Kattar was chasing him around the octagon but not cutting him off. He did manage to land a few uppercuts, but as he went for the flying kick Zabit landed on him with just a few seconds remaining. Try as he might, Kattar’s shots would not stop Zabit from holding onto him, and that’s how the final round ended.

If there were five rounds, perhaps Kattar would have had more opportunities to tire Zabit out. After all, he landed more efficient shots towards the end. The loss ends Kattar’s two-fight win streak.

In the co-main event, Greg Hardy lost to Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27. Fighting on 18 days notice, Hardy (5-2, 1NC) appeared to have broken his right hand in the first following a Volkov (31-7) kick. That affected his power punch to the point he wasn’t throwing it in the second and third rounds.

Volkov used combination punches and kicks to throw Hardy off of his game. Several kicks to the body and head moved Hardy back, and while he landed solid shots to the face, he didn’t have the same power he showed previously. Volkov fought for the first time since having his win streak snapped by Derrick Lewis at UFC 229. Hardy is Now 2-2 with one no-contest in five fights.

UFC Moscow Main Card (ESPN+, 2 p.m. ET) 

Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexander Volkov def. Greg Hardy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Danny Roberts def. Zelim Imadaev via KO (4:54 into round two)

Ed Herman def. Khadis Ibragimov via unanimous decision  (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Anthony Rocco Martin def. Ramazan Emeev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Shamil Gamzatov def. Klidson Abreu via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC Moscow Prelims (ESPN+, 11 a.m. ET):

Magomed Ankalaev def. Dalcha Lungiambula via KO (0:29 into round three)

Rustam Khabilov def. Sergey Khandozhko via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Karl Roberson def. Roman Kopylov via rear-naked choke (4:01 into round three)

David Zawada def. Abubakar Nurmagomedov via triangle submission (2:50 into round one)

Roosevelt Roberts def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Pannie Kianzad def. Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Davey Grant def. Grigorii Popov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-38)

 

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