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UFC Moscow live blog: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar

This is the UFC Moscow live blog for Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Calvin Kattar, the featherweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card at CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia.

Magomedsharipov comes into the bout on a five-fight UFC winning streak and is considered a possible contender, as is Kattar, who’s won four out of five in the Octagon.

This bout was rescheduled from UFC on ESPN 6. As it was switched to the main event on late notice, it will be a three-round affair as opposed to the five rounds typically allotted for headliners.

Check out the UFC Moscow live blog below.

Round 1: Marc Goddard is the referee for the main event. Magomedsharipov presses forward early, sniping with a jab and low kick. Lateral movement from Kattar as he measures distance. Big right from Kattar as Magomedsharipov kicks. Back to the legs for Magomedsharipov, who follows up with a trio of jabs that push Kattar back. More jabs, and add the side kick for the Dagestan fighter. Charge and counter-charge from both fighters, but nothing major lands. Spin from Magomedsharipov, and he follows up with jabs. Kattar moving forward to reply, and Magomedsharipov’s hands are faster inside. Kattar chases and misses with an uppercut. Magomedsharipov digs to the body and then lands a front kick to the face. Kattar again searches for reply and eats a kick. One trips him, but he sneaks in a nice left straight. Magomedsharipov’s question mark kick glances off Kattar’s head. He’s landing well when he moves forward. Sneaky reverse elbow and body shot from Magomedsharipov. More variety from Magomedsharipov, and Kattar is having a hard time putting together combinations. Nice right hand from Kattar, and he leaps with a knee. Magomedsharipov eats them and replies with a spinning backfist before beating the body again.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Magomedsharipov.

Round 2: Back to the legs for Magomedsharipov, who sets a high pace early with quick jab follow-ups and right hands. Spinning kicks from Magomedsharipov push back Kattar. More long kicks stall Kattar’s advance. Quick jabs push him back. Leap and a spin from Magomedsharipov are short, as is another spin kick. Kattar goes straight down the pipe with his punches and is short. Kattar goes back to the jab, and they trade lead hands. Magomedsharipov grabs a leg and pulls Kattar back, only to give it up and reset on his feet. Kattar advances and draws another body shot. Jabs from both, and Magomedsharipov sweeps his opponent of his feet briefly with a trip. Kattar comes back and fires a right, but he’s pushed back by a combo. Magomedsharipov throwing more variety still. Kattar lands a couple of nice right hands and advances again. The shots he sticks don’t have much effect on Magomedsharipov. Leaping knee from Kattar is absorbed. Kattar turns up the tempo, and Magomedsharipov plants his hand for a capoeira style kick. Kattar comes back with his own high kick. and it misses at the bell.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-0 for Magomedsharipov, who’s up 20-18.

Round 3: Early exchange nets groin kick to Kattar, and they pause. Magomedsharipov with more kicks as Kattar advances. He again digs the body. Kattar comes back with his own short shots. They both smile, and Magomedsharipov goes back to his kicks. Feints from Magomedsharipov. Kattar stalking again, and Magomedsharipov won’t give him a stationary target. Big shots from Kattar are short. As he’s winding up, Magomedsharipov sneaks in a couple of nice punches. Kattar leaps again with a knee and it’s short. Spinning elbow from Magomedsharipov misses. Back to kicks, and then a takedown try for the Dagestan fighter. Kattar pumping his jab and trying to land inside, but a strong guard is making that tough. Nice body shot from the American, but again, Magomedsharipov is faster inside. Then, out of nowhere, Kattar cracks Magomedsharipov with a pair of left hooks. Magomedsharipov taunts him, but he doesn’t want to engage and is on his bike. Kattar to the body and Magomedsharipov sneaks in a hook. It’s turning into a slugfest slowly, and Magomedsharipov’s speed is matched against Kattar’s power. Big uppercut for American, who’s beginning to steal the momentum. Nice body shot, and Kattar gets taken down late on a flying knee. He goes to work from his back, and Magomedsharipov is just holding on. Magomedsharipov is getting tagged by short shots as he holds on to the body. Finally, he throws a few as Kattar continues to work.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Kattar, and Magomedsharipov takes the 29-28 decision.

Official result: Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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