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Who won Nurmagomedov vs Iaquinta?
Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC 223, on Saturday 7th April 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
This contest was for the vacant UFC lightweight championship.
Nurmagomedov vs Iaquinta stats
Khabib Nurmagomedov stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 25 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Al Iaquinta made his way to the ring with a record of 13 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Iaquinta had a large advantage in power over Nurmagomedov, boosting at 54% knock out percentage over Nurmagomedov's 32%.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was the younger man by 2 years, at 33 years old.
Nurmagomedov was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 5 months earlier than Iaquinta, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 7 more professional rounds, 60 to Iaquinta's 53.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Al Iaquinta had been fighting more than Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Going to this contest, Khabib Nurmagomedov had last fought 4 years, 5 months and 26 days ago, while Al Iaquinta's last outing had been 5 years, 2 months and 3 days ago.