Las Vegas, NV | Tukuhgov dropped the fight on one card, but did enough to convince the other two that he deserved the victory over Phillipe Nover.
UFC Fight Night 80 will be held on December 10, 2015 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Phillipe Nover took place on the preliminary card which aired on UFC Fight Pass.
It was Tukhugov who took control of the center of the cage from the start as Nover was forced to circle around the outside. Both looked to land kicks early, but were initially just out of reach of one and other. Tukhugov, however, was landing with more frequency and with more power. Nover struggled to get his range down and seemed worried about the heavy shots coming his way. he finally landed a hard body kick, but Tukhugov caught it and briefly forced the fight to the mat. There wasn’t a huge amount of action during the stanza, but it looked as if Tukhugov got the better of it with his wide punches and Octagon control.
Round 2 looked very similar to the first until Tukhugov landed the most substantial blow of the fight to that point around the 2:00 mark. Nover survived without taking too much damage, but he was clearly on the defensive for a moment. He was able to settle down and land to the body with a nice kick, but Tukhugov looked to have a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
Tukhugov was clearly looking to end the night before the end of the 3rd round. He came out very aggressively, but eventually ended up eating an extremely hard left kick to the head while shooting in. Amazingly, he seemed unfazed and actually finished the takedown attempt. Nover was up quickly, however, and went back to circling around the cage. Tukhugov kept pressuring and winging hard shots as he looked to walk Nover down. His output had slowed by now, though, and Nover was able to make it the final bell.
The judges scored the bout 28-29, 30-27, and 30-27, for Zubaira Tukhugov, giving the Russian a split decision victory.
Zubaira Tukhugov moved to 18-3 with the decision while Nover dropped to 11-6-1.
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