Khabib Nurmagomedov continued his dominance of the lightweight division on Saturday, defeating Dustin Poirier by submission in the third round to retain his title and move to an astounding 28-0 in his professional career.
Nurmagomedov was in control from the start of the fight, asserting his will against Poirier and ending the first round with a brutal barrage of elbows before the horn sounded.
Poirier would get some shots in early in the second round, tagging Khabib with a strong right hand to put the undefeated champion momentarily on the defensive.
But Khabib would recover and ultimately win in convincing fashion, as Poirier met the same fate Conor McGregor did, submitting to a rear-naked choke at 2:06 of the third round.
After securing the win, Nurmagomedov once again jumped over the cage and entered the crowd. But rather than brawling as he infamously did after his win over McGregor, Nurmagomedov instead embraced UFC president Dana White to celebrate his victory.
After the fight, Nurmagomedov and Poirier both expressed their respect for each other, exchanging shirts in a sportsmanlike move. Nurmagomedov said that he would auction off Poirier's shirt and donate the proceeds to his opponents charity.
With the win, "The Eagle" further cemented his status as the most dominant fighter in the lightweight division. Plenty of potential opponents loom for Nurmagomedov, with No. 1 lightweight contender Tony Ferguson a clear choice as the next in line for a title shot.
While McGregor has also expressed interest in a rematch with Nurmagomedov, the champion has said that McGregor should have to win another fight before getting a shot at the belt.