At UFC Vegas 77, Nazim Sadykhov held no personal grudges against Terrance McKinney. However, he was determined to secure some retribution for his comrade.
McKinney had stunned Matt Frevola with a swift knockout during his inaugural match in the octagon back in 2021. Sadykhov aimed to return the favor on behalf of his associate, which is precisely what he accomplished on Saturday night. After a challenging initial round, Sadykhov quickly dragged McKinney to the canvas, trapping his arm behind his back. This maneuver enabled him to promptly secure a rear naked choke, thereby concluding the bout.
McKinney tapped out at 1:07 in the second round, with Sadykhov celebrating the fulfilled mission and Frevola applauding him from the sideline.
Sadykhov spoke about his victory, stating, “I’m the most faithful friend you could ask for. I’ve been waiting eight weeks to announce that. The world operates like a boomerang, and this triumph has returned to us.”
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The initial round had nearly played out in reverse. McKinney executed a slick inside trip that allowed him to control Sadykhov’s back and establish a body triangle. McKinney maintained the dominant position for nearly the entire five-minute round. However, Sadykhov’s effective defense thwarted any significant submission attempts.
As the second round commenced, Sadykhov turned up the aggression. He caught McKinney in a ground scramble, taking his back and again trapping an arm behind him. With only one arm free to defend against the choke, McKinney was left with minimal chance of survival. Sadykhov finalized the submission, marking his second win since joining the UFC.
“Imagine fighting at Madison Square Garden in November. How amazing would that be?” Sadykhov exclaimed. “UFC, let’s make it happen. MSG in November.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC Vegas 77 Victory
Who won the match between Nazim Sadykhov and Terrance McKinney at UFC Vegas 77?
Nazim Sadykhov won the match against Terrance McKinney at UFC Vegas 77. He secured the victory with a rear naked choke, trapping McKinney’s arm behind his back.
Why did Sadykhov want to defeat McKinney?
Sadykhov wanted to defeat McKinney as a form of retribution for his teammate Matt Frevola, who was previously knocked out by McKinney in his octagon debut in 2021.
What was the significant move Sadykhov used to win the match?
Sadykhov used a significant move of trapping McKinney’s arm behind his back, which allowed him to quickly secure a rear naked choke, leading to his victory.
What does Sadykhov hope for next in his UFC career?
Following his victory, Sadykhov voiced his hopes to fight in his adopted home state of New York, potentially at UFC 295 in November.
Who was the previous opponent of Terrance McKinney?
Terrance McKinney’s previous opponent was Matt Frevola, whom he knocked out in his octagon debut in 2021.