The UFC would take notice and sign the rising star and he would not disappoint finishing 2 out of 4 opponents in the Octagon.
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He would pick up the wins over some tough veterans in Thiago TavaresGleison Tibau and a win over Kamal Shalarous in his debut. He followed it with a dominating victory over striker Abel Trujillo at UFCby putting on a grappling clinic and scoring a record number of take downs in a UFC fight 21 out of 27 attempted. Khabib earned unanimous decision victories in both fights running his undefeated MMA record to After two years of being plagued with injuries, Khabib finally returned to the octagon on April 16th to face Pennsylvania prospect Darrell Horcher, who replaced the injured Tony Ferguson.
After a brief feeling-out process in round 1, Khabib quickly finished Horcher via ground-and-pound TKO in round 2. This time, however, it was Ferguson who pulled out due to injury. The first round saw Khabib encountering a fleeting moment of adversity, when Johnson hit Khabib with a quick right hook, causing the Dagestani to wobble briefly.
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All signs were pointing to both fighters making it to the cage in the lead up. However during weigh-ins, Khabib was nowhere to be found. It was later reported that he entered a hospital due to complications stemming from a bad weight cut. The fight was canceled.
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For this camp, Khabib hired nutritionist Tyler Minton and was able to comfortably make Khabib won the fight in a lopsided x2, unanimous decision. The fight was canceled, and Dana White commented that he would never reschedule it again. However, a day before the fight the NYSAC ruled that Holloway was unfit to compete due to concerns of his rapid weight cut. Anthony Pettis, who was originally scheduled to face Michael Chiesa who pulled out due to lacerations on his face he received from the bus incident with Conor McGregor, was sought as a replacement, however a disagreement emerged over pay.