© Photo : Fight Nights GlobalKhabib Nurmagomedov (left) with his cousin Usmanov
"width": 640, "height": 360 }
MOSCOW, 27 Jul – Undefeated Russian MMA fighter Usman Nurmagomedov has risen to first place in the Bellator lightweight rankings, according to the official website of the organization.
On the night of July 23 Moscow time, the cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated American Christopher Gonzalez by submission in the first round at the 283rd numbered promotion tournament held in Washington. The domestic fighter has 15 victories in 15 professional fights.
Leading the rankings is the dual Bellator featherweight and lightweight champion Patricio Freire, who was challenged by Usman Nurmagomedov after defeating Gonzalez.