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Oliveira had settled into the clinch after taking a hard knee to the gut from the Dagestani prospect. But he failed to protect his neck as Rakhmonov jumped into a guillotine and headed to the mat. With the submission secure, there was no other option but to give up.
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Oliveira, who missed weight by two pounds for the bout and was fined 20 percent of his purse, talked tough before the fight about the UFC newcomer. The Brazilian vet claimed a meeting at the host hotel left Rakhmonov shaken about his chances.
The exact opposite was true when they met in the cage. Aside from a right hand Oliveira quickly snuck in during the first few seconds of the bout, Rakhmonov, a former M-1 champ, looked like a seasoned pro.
Rakhmonov extends his unbeaten professional win streak to 13 bouts, while Oliveira sees a two-fight win streak snapped.