Can anyone at Bellator hang out with Usman Nurmagomedov?
Last Friday night, the Bellator 292 Lightweight Grand Prix kicked off. In the main event of the evening, undisputed lightweight champion Usman Nurmagomedov (16-0) defended his title against former lightweight champion Benson Henderson (30-12). .
Despite being a former world champion, Benson Henderson was given almost no chance by the odds-makers in this match. Not because he wasn’t capable, but simply because of how good and dominant the 24-year-old lightweight champ is.
Things started really fast on Friday night when Nurmagomedov landed a huge kick to the head. Despite slipping in the kick, he managed to connect with Henderson who brought down the former world champion. Nurmagomedov pounced and the fight continued on the floor, but the end was not far off.
After fighting the ground a bit, Nurmagomedov was able to lock a rear naked choke against the fence. Henderson fought back for a bit but eventually had to click. Another dominant win that the Bellator champ made look easy.
Can anyone at Bellator hang out with Nurmagomedov?
With this victory, Nurmagomedov successfully defended his title and booked his ticket to the semifinals of the Grand Prix. As for Nurmagomedov, his attention will turn to May 12 when he takes on former world champion Mansour Bernaoui Brent Primus in Paris.
You would certainly feel Bernaoui would be a great bet against his country. Not to mention, the guy is a big time finisher having finished with 19 of his 20 victories. However, whoever wins in May will be an underdog to champion Bellator.
In fact, anyone outside of AJ McKee would be a big bet. Maki will also be a huge betting underdog, but given his skill set and name, the former featherweight champion will have much more favorable odds.
All that said, I don’t see anyone in Bellator’s lightweight division topping Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov’s main training partner is UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. It’s crazy to think that the two lightweight champions of the two biggest promotions are in the same gym.
I would really like to see how Nurmagomedov will get along with some of the guys in the UFC. Given his dominant skill set on the floor as well as his solid striking game, I think Nurmagomedov is a problem for anyone in the lightweight division regardless of promotion. It’s scary to think that he’s only 24 which means he’s only scratching the surface of what he can really do.