Read about the thrilling lightweight showdown between Terrance McKinney and Nazim Sadykhov at UFC Vegas 77. Discover who emerged victorious and what it means for their future in the lightweight division.
McKinney has been making waves in the MMA world as one of the promotion’s most exciting prospects. With an impressive record of 13-5, he has emerged victorious in six out of his last eight fights since March 2021. On the other hand, Sadykhov is still relatively new to the UFC, making his second appearance in the octagon. Both fighters are known for their high-octane styles and have a combined total of 20 stoppage victories.
Sadykhov, with a record of 8-1, made a successful promotional debut earlier this year against Evan Elder at UFC Vegas 77. He has been competing in MMA since 2018, with his only loss coming in his professional debut. Like McKinney, Sadykhov also earned his spot in the UFC through the Dana White Contender Series in August 2022.
The McKinney vs. Sadykhov bout was one of the highlights of the UFC Vegas 77 main card, headlined by a bantamweight clash between Holly Holm and Mayra Bueno Silva. With the bantamweight title currently vacant following Amanda Nunes’ retirement, the winner of this fight moves one step closer to a potential title shot.
Both fighters possess unorthodox styles, adding an element of unpredictability to the matchup. The victor will undoubtedly make a strong case for a spot in the top 15 rankings in the lightweight division .
The first round of the McKinney vs. Sadykhov fight begins with both fighters showing caution. Sadykhov initiates with a kick, leading to a clinch between the two. McKinney secures double under-hooks and executes a trip takedown, gaining control of Sadykhov’s back. With a body triangle against the fence, McKinney lands punches from the back, attempting to adjust his grip. Sadykhov tries to fight the hands and escape, but McKinney maintains control. Sadykhov eventually reverses the position and ends up on top. The round concludes with both fighters against the cage, and McKinney lands a knee to Sadykhov’s lead leg.
The second round commences with Sadykhov landing a left hook, followed by a kick from McKinney. In a chaotic scramble, Sadykhov gains top position and mounts McKinney. He then secures the hooks and locks in a rear-naked choke, extending his winning streak to nine consecutive victories.
Official UFC Vegas 77 Result:
Nazim Sadykhov defeats Terrance McKinney via rear-naked choke at 1:07 of Round 2.
Following his impressive victory in Sin City, fans are eager to know who Sadykhov will face next. Stay tuned for updates on his upcoming opponents.