Muhammad Mokaev might have just shown the biggest display of toughness ever.
Cruising to a decision win against Jafel Fialho at UFC 286, Muhammad Mokaev found himself in one of the tightest knee bars in MMA history. However, he showed otherworldly toughness in not tapping and eventually reversed the position.
He didn't just get out, he got on top and choked his opponent out for revenge, improving his undefeated record to 10-0 at the age of 22, reaching a new career height. He is currently ranked 12 in the division and only climbing; he'll likely get a big fight next.
He made his UFC debut one day shy of exactly a year ago. He's accrued some incredible stats in such a short period, already being 4-0 with three finishes. The only man to survive all three rounds with him was Charles Johnson. The three who succumbed to his grappling are Cody Durden, Malcolm Gordon, and Jafel Filho.
It is unkown what knee injury Mokaev suffered exactly, but he was noticeably limping and could not put weight on it.
Mokaev may be the brightest prospect in MMA today, and is the only viable fighter to have a shot at breaking Jon Jones' record for UFC champion. Mokaev has until the first quarter of next year to be champ to do so.
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