Thanks to all the insane things that whittled down the UFC 223 over the course of this week, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Kyle Bochniak went from the first scheduled bout on Fight Pass to the pay-per-view main card. Which is a heck of a jump.

Here’s hoping these young featherweights make the most of it.

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Tall and rangy and Dagestani. That Magomedsharipov, and it takes about five seconds to see that he can throw kicks from every angle with zero effort and 100% effectiveness. Bochniak is clearly game, but in terms of skill, he’s getting outclassed.

Of course, those sorts of things matter not one bit to Bochniak, who goes into Diaz Brother Mode, drops his hands, starts dodging punches with head movement, and sticks his tongue out at his foe. I don’t know if these mind games have any kind of effectiveness on Magomedsharipov, but damn are they making the crowd love him.

Magomedsharipov does just about everything he wants, including land jumping switch-kicks and nail takedowns. Bochniak survives it all though, and wades in to throw leather with reckless abandon.

As time ticks away, the bout turns into a total slugfest, and the waning seconds have these guys standing a foot away from each other throwing bolos. It’s awesome.

The judges render their decision in favor of Magomedsharipov, but Bochniak – who’s looked lackluster in four UFC appearances – is now cool as hell.


Result: Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Kyle Bochniak via Unanimous Decision