Charlie Brenneman and Khabib Nurmagomedov walked away from UFC on FX 1 winners. Brenneman took a decision, while Nurmagomedov had an impressive, late submission.
Brenneman grapples his way to a win
Charlie Brenneman took the win over Daniel Roberts with a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 decision.
Roberts started the first round strong with a bevy of punches, and Brenneman responded with a takedown. Roberts grabbed a guillotine, but wasn't in a good position to finish him off. Brenneman popped his head out, and controlled Roberts. He moved into side control and maneuvered Roberts into a crucifix hold, landing several punches to Roberts' head along the way. Several appeared to hit the back of Roberts' head, but referee Herb Dean did not see the illegal strikes.
The second round started with another Brenneman takedown. Again, Brenneman worked Roberts into a crucifix. This time, he landed more strikes to Roberts' face. Roberts worked his way out from the crucifix, but Brenneman remained in control until they were stood up with 1:30. In the final minute, Brenneman tried for another takedown, and Roberts used the opportunity to lock Brenneman into a triangle choke with seconds left in the round. Though a submission appeared close, Brenneman was saved by the round ending.
The third verse was the same as the first: Brenneman took Roberts down and moved Roberts into side control. Again, Brenneman landed several strikes, but didn't do much damage to Roberts' face. Roberts hit another last-minute submission. This time, it was a Kimura. Again, Brenneman was saved by the end of the round.
Nurmagomedov wins debut
Khabib Nurmagomedov won his UFC debut with a third round rear naked choke of Kamal Shalorus.
Shalorus stalked Nurmagomedov down in the first round. Shalorus wobbled Nurmagomedov, but it was Nurmagomedov's counter that changed the tenor of the fight. His uppercut knocked Shalorus to the ground. Though Shalorus was able to avoid the knockout, Nurmagomedov controlled Shalorus on the ground. At the 45-second mark, Shalorus got back to his feet and swung wildly at Nurmagomedov. Somehow, the two made it to the end of the round.
In the second, Nurmagomedov caught Shalorus' head when he shot in for a takedown. Nurmagomedov ended on top. They were stood up for a lack of activity around the three-minute mark, and Nurmagomedov got another takedown. Again, they were stood up. Nurmagomedov showed strong striking just before the horn sounded to end the round.
Nurmagomedov again took down Shalorus in the third round. Shalorus tried for a guillotine, but couldn't hold on. When Shalorus lost the submission attempt, Nurmagomedov had full mount. Shalorus flipped over, but gave up his neck. Nurmagomedov grabbed a rear naked choke, causing Shalorus to tap at