San Jose-based bear-wrestling UFC fighter wins undercard

San Jose-based bear-wrestling UFC fighter wins undercard
April 19, 2014, 5:15 pm
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 Khabib Nurmagomedov remains undefeated in his UFC career to improve his perfect professional MMA record to 22-0. (USATSI) 

Anthony Garcia

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A video of San Jose-based UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov fighting a bear when he was nine years old went viral this past week, which makes fighting 155-pound UFC lightweights that much easier.

Nurmagomedov, 25, remains undefeated, beating Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC on FOX Preliminaries at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to improve his perfect professional MMA record to 22-0 with the last six coming inside of The Octagon. CSNBayArea.com also scored it 30-27.

Dos Anjos, 29, of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, proved no match on the ground for Nurmagomedov. The native of Dagestan, Russia, who trains out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, controlled the fight with his world-class grappling, taking down dos Anjos (20-7) in every round.

The fight was so monotonous with Nurmagomedov on top of dos Anjos, that the fans in Orlando started booing during the third round.

The lopsided win should propel Nurmagomedov up in the next UFC rankings, Nurmagomedov was ranked seventh while dos Anjos was two sports above him at No. 5.

In the main event, Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1) defeated Travis Browne (16-2-1) via unanimous decision. With the win, Werdum is now the No. 1 contender for San Jose-based Cain Velazquez's UFC heavyweight championship.