Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted an unsanctioned brawl against Conor McGregor in a loading dock. He instead ended his long ride toward a U.F.C. title with a championship belt to bring back to Russia.
Nurmagomedov capped one the rockiest weeks in U.F.C.’s 25-year-history with a dominant outing over a bloodied Al Iaquinta to win the 155-pound championship by unanimous decision in the main event of U.F.C. 223 on Saturday night.
Move aside, McGregor. Nurmagomedov is primed for main events, not just sideshows with dollies and broken glass.