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Khabib’s cousin Umar Nurmagomedov scores a stunning submission win over Kelleher to remain undefeated

UMAR NURMAGOMEDOV maintained his unbeaten record with a dominant win over Brian Kelleher in Las Vegas

Nurmagomedov – the cousin of former lightweight champion Khabib – closed the horns with “Boom” on the preliminary portion of a stacked UFC 272 card at T-Mobile Arena.

Umar Nurmagomedov clashed with Brian Kelleher at UFC 272 in Las Vegas

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Umar Nurmagomedov clashed with Brian Kelleher at UFC 272 in Las VegasPhoto credit: Getty
Nurmagomedov showed off his kick skills in front of the gates

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Nurmagomedov showed off his kick skills in front of the gatesCredit: GETTY
But he went undefeated with a nasty rear-naked choke on the first lap

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But he went undefeated with a nasty rear-naked choke on the first lapCredit: GETTY

Umar’s clash with veteran bantamweight Kelleher was his first since his demolition from Sergey Morozov at Fight Island last January.

But the Dagestani destroyer showed no sign of ring rust as she mopped the floor with Kelleher – whom he subdued with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their 135-pound showdown.

Umar showed his impressive skill in the early goals with effortless high kicks.

And his riposte was spot on on the early doors as he cracked Kelleher with a deft straight left as the New Yorker rushed in.

A beautiful lead headkick smacked off Kelleher’s head moments later and echoed through the T-Mobile Arena.

That prompted Keller to close the gap and initiate a clinch – which, however, was quickly reversed.

Nurmagomedov made the most of the tie by landing some good knees before they parted.

The Dagestani destroyer wanted to take the fight to the canvas but saw his first attempt tamped by a stubborn Kelleher.

But he was successful on the second try, partially putting Kelleher against the fence.

And it wasn’t long before he caught a rear-naked choke – the same submission he scored in his UFC debut at Fight Island.

Umar, 26, has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in super stacked bantamweight.

An enthusiastic Nurmagomedov celebrates his second victory in the octagon

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An enthusiastic Nurmagomedov celebrates his second victory in the octagonCredit: GETTY

And head coach Javier Mendez believes it’s only a matter of time before he gets his hands on UFC gold.

He told SunSport last year: “Umar is a different kind of fighter than his cousin Khabib.

“But he’s still going to do great and I think he’ll win the title in three or four years.”

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