Said Nurmagomedov got Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 38 event off to a hot start with a vicious knockout of Mark Striegl.
Nurmagomedov (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) needed just 51 seconds to score an absolutely crushing knockout of Striegl (18-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in their bantamweight bout, which took place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Striegl made the mistake of getting overly aggressive early, and Nurmagomedov responded with a left hook that led to the fight hitting the mat, where he landed vicious ground-and-pound to shut the lights off.
Watch the replay of the finish below (via Twitter):
CLOCKED IN. CLOCKED OUT.
Said Nurmagomedov needs seconds to finish the job.[ Tune in on #ESPNPlus pic.twitter.com/1GqPj6IAo9
— UFC (@ufc) October 17, 2020
With the win, Nurmagomedov rebounded from a loss to Raoni Barcelos at UFC on ESPN+ 23 in December 2019. Striegl had a five-fight unbeaten streak snapped in his octagon debut.