Dawson utilized a seamless combination of relentless takedowns and grappling dominance, overwhelming Ismagulov on the mat throughout their bout. Ismagulov made it to the final bell, but his survival was all he could achieve. Dawson dictated the fight from the very beginning to the final second.
Scoring 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27, the judges unanimously declared Dawson the victor.
“A lot of credit goes to my coaches, Mike [Brown] and Thiago [Alves],” Dawson remarked. “I’m not a good fighter, I’m a good soldier. They give the orders, and I execute them.”
Despite appearing comfortable with striking, Dawson rapidly utilized his strikes to initiate his takedown attempts. The first was unsuccessful, but Dawson’s unwavering wrestling skills eventually floored Ismagulov with a swift maneuver.
Once on the mat, Dawson swiftly maneuvered to capture Ismagulov’s back, securing a body triangle as he sought out a rear-naked choke. Ismagulov managed to resist, rolling from side to side to evade Dawson’s relentless legs, but couldn’t fully escape.
Dawson eventually forwent the chokehold and resorted to a barrage of punches as the first round concluded.
Despite an unfavorable start, Ismagulov became more aggressive, attempting to upset Dawson’s momentum. However, he was soon grounded once more. Dawson’s relentless grappling skills enabled him to wrestle back control from Ismagulov, keeping his eyes peeled for a submission opening.
Ismagulov was stuck on the defensive, round after round, as Dawson repeatedly managed to secure multiple takedowns. Despite Ismagulov’s tenacious defense against the rear-naked choke, Dawson maintained his dominance, not allowing any window for a counter or escape.
Dawson managed to maintain control for over 12 minutes in the three-round fight, leaving Ismagulov immobilized with no room for maneuver.
Having remained unbeaten in the UFC, Dawson has emerged as a potential title contender in the lightweight division since his full-time commitment. He is now setting his sights on the division’s top competitors.
“Next, I want someone with a big name or a high rank. Whether it’s Tony Ferguson, because of his name, or Beneil Dariush, for his ranking,” Dawson stated. “As for Islam Makhachev, you may be the GOAT, but I’m your successor.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Grant Dawson UFC Victory
Who won the fight between Grant Dawson and Damir Ismagulov at UFC Vegas 76?
Grant Dawson won the fight against Damir Ismagulov at UFC Vegas 76, delivering a powerful performance.
What was the result of the fight between Grant Dawson and Damir Ismagulov?
The judges unanimously declared Grant Dawson the victor over Damir Ismagulov, scoring the fight 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.
What was significant about Grant Dawson’s performance at UFC Vegas 76?
Grant Dawson demonstrated an authoritative performance with relentless takedowns and grappling dominance. He was in control for over 12 minutes of the three-round fight.
Who does Grant Dawson want to fight next?
Grant Dawson is aiming for a fight with a big name or a high-ranking fighter. He specifically mentioned Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush. He also expressed his desire to replace Islam Makhachev as the greatest of all time (GOAT) in his category.
What did Grant Dawson say about his coaches at UFC Vegas 76?
Grant Dawson credited his coaches, Mike Brown and Thiago Alves, for his success. He referred to himself as a “good soldier,” taking their instructions and executing them in the fight.