Said Nurmagomedov forces a 51-second knockout with some of the fastest, nastiest ground-and-pound you'll see on Fight Island

Said Nurmagomedov pummelled Mark Striegl on Saturday.Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
  • Said Nurmagomedov just destroyed Mark Striegl in the opening match on the 11-bout UFC card in Fight Island, an ongoing combat sports festival in Abu Dhabi.
  • Nurmagomedov landed rapid-fire fists, forcing a 51-second knockout against an overwhelmed opponent.
  • After the win, Nurmagomedov said he's ready for a ranked opponent in the bantamweight division.
  • Watch Nurmagomedov's brutal finish below.
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FIGHT ISLAND — Said Nurmagomedov forced a 51-second knockout with some of the fastest, nastiest ground-and-pound you'll see in the UFC during the MMA firm's ongoing residency on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.

As it was his first match of the year, the 28-year-old Dagestani would likely have been looking to make a statement following a decision loss to Raoni Barcelos in Busan, South Korea, in 2019.

Striegl never looked like winning the bantamweight fight when the opening bell chimed at the behind-closed-doors at the Flash Forum — a purpose-built venue the Abu Dhabi culture and tourism board built in conjunction with the UFC.
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The Filipino threw pawing shots, and missed the target with strikes he had hoped would be significant.

Showing patience, Nurmagomedov caught an attacking Striegl with a counter left punch which dropped his opponent.

Striegl appeared to panic when he was getting back to his feet and attempted a single-leg takedown, a move which Nurmagomedov caught, and forced his man back to the mat not with wrestling but with an unrelenting barrage of rapid-fire punches.
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Straddling Striegl, Nurmagomedov then rained shots down, cracking his skull until the referee waved the bout off.

The referee had seen enough. It was all over.Watch the finish right here:
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UFC statistics underline Nurmagomedov's dominance as he landed 18 of his 24 strikes (75% accuracy), and was hit just three times in return (two of which were from kicks to his legs).

"I got him with a left hook, he wanted to go to my legs and wrestle, and then I just kept punching him until he fell," Nurmagomedov said after the win. "Then I knocked him out."

The Russian said he is ready for a ranked opponent next.
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"I'm going to show much more," he said. "I'm just going to go home to spend time with my family and then eat."

The rapid-fire victory was the opening bout of the night on the UFC Fight Island 6 event, broadcast on ESPN+.

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