Mohammad Mokaev couldn’t have asked for a better UFC debut as he opened London’s first UFC in three years with a quick submission win.
The 21-year-old made it 7-0 after completely dominating Cody Durden before forcing him into a sash choke.
Mokaev came to the UK as an eight-year-old Russian refugee – from Dagestan to be precise – and was hailed as the new Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Just like the big lightweight, Mokaev dominated from start to finish in this contest. From the moment he got his hands on Durden, much like Chimaev did during his UFC career, Mokaev had complete control of the American and did exactly what he wanted.
A huge jumping knee opened the opening for Mokaev to catch Durden and despite being slammed to the mat, Mokaev would keep a hold on his headlock and turn it into a guillotine choke that would win the fight.
The flyweight shared a tweet the day before UFC London that showed he sent Dana White four years earlier to ask for a follow up, but now he’s one of the UFC boss’ new stars.
Mokaev was the only one to get a bit feisty at Friday’s weigh-in ceremony and he, as before, said he didn’t like some of Durden’s comments that he deemed racist.
“I told you guys I’m not here to play games, now you’re gonna see some real shit tomorrow night! Love the UK support,” he tweeted after the weigh-in .
Well, the man didn’t lie and opened his UFC career with a totally dominating victory.
Although he won like Khabib, Mokaev previously insisted the pair were quite different.
“Me and Khabib are different people, I think,” he added. “When I fought in the amateurs, people knew me, as if my charisma was different from that of Khabib.
“My charisma is different [than] Khabib because people discovered Khabib maybe when he was on a 26-game winning streak, maybe 27.
“People knew me when I was [on] as my third amateur fight. The difference when I get to this level you will see the difference.
“I believe I will be [the greatest of all time].”