After a thrilling showdown at Madison Square Garden, UFC 295 concluded with a surprise decision, leading stars Nazim Sadykhov and Viacheslav Borshchev to share a dance in the middle of the Octagon. The majority draw left fans both amused and in awe, turning the disappointment of a non-decisive outcome into a memorable celebration.
The crowd, though initially expressing dissatisfaction with the draw, soon found themselves laughing as Sadykhov and Borshchev showcased their dance moves, adding a unique twist to the event. This unexpected turn of events solidified the match as a potential contender for ‘Fight of the Year’ honors in 2023.
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The first round witnessed a strategic exchange as both fighters adeptly switched stances, engaging in leg kicks and feints. Sadykhov showcased his clinch skills, landing a knee to the body but refraining from pursuing a takedown. Borshchev, known for his kickboxing prowess, displayed clean punches and effective kicks, establishing a clear advantage on the feet.
Round two intensified the competition as Sadykhov’s striking prowess became evident, culminating in a powerful hook that nearly incapacitated Borshchev. Despite a ground-and-pound assault, Borshchev demonstrated resilience, surviving and retaliating. The round showcased Sadykhov’s ground control, marked by a significant elbow that opened a cut on Borshchev’s forehead.
⚪️🇦🇿 Nazim Sadykhov (-120) vs
Rd 1: went to Borschchev easily
Rd 2: went to Sadykhov easily
Rd 3: coming up
What a fight and a turn of events!
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Entering the final round with a closely contested match, Sadykhov maintained pressure, securing a takedown early on. The fight transitioned between positions, with Borshchev showcasing determination in standing up. The striking exchange favored Borshchev, landing effective body shots, while Sadykhov attempted takedowns. The round concluded with Sadykhov securing one last takedown but unable to inflict significant damage.
The judges’ decision unfolded the intensity of the bout, with two judges scoring the second round 10-8 for Sadykhov, resulting in a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28). Despite not celebrating the draw, both fighters embraced, hinting at a possible rematch in the future.
The rare draw prompted fans to take to social media, showering both fighters with praise and labeling the bout a strong contender for “Fight of the Year.”
As the two bask in the aftermath of their unforgettable performance, fans can expect a potential rematch in 2024. Until then, Nazim Sadykhov and Viacheslav Borshchev will take a well-deserved break before gearing up for what promises to be another eagerly anticipated battle.