UFC Fight Night 134 results: Nad Narimani takedown attack grinds out Khalid Taha


In his long-awaited UFC debut, former Cage Warriors champion Nad Narimani let his wrestling take over to cruise past fellow newcomer Khalid Taha.

Narimani (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took a fairly easy unanimous decision from Taha (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores, though Taha didn’t mkae it easy on Narimani when they were on their feet.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 134 event at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

Narimani kicked early, but a few big hands from Taha forced Narimani to tie things up. Taha managed to stay upright for a bit, but Narimani eventually took the fight to the canvas. Taha gave his back in an attempt to get back to his feet, but Narimani kept him stifled. He covered up when Narimani worked for punches, and when Taha finally got back to his feet he had to eat a knee for his efforts.

Past the midway point, Taha landed a huge right elbow that helped force a break. Narimani got a brief break when Taha raked his eye on the way out, but soon enough they were back to work. Taha seemed much happier to be in the center of the cage looking to trade, but Narimani took him down again in the final minute and stayed on top the rest of the frame.

When Taha through a right kick a minute into the second, Narimani went right back to his wheelhouse with an easy takedown. He wrapped up Taha’s head on the canvas and tried to pass from half-guard. He worked punches on top with relative ease, then worked in elbows. Taha got back to his feet with 75 seconds left in the ground and tried to take advantage of an opponent who looked as if he had waning energy.

Taha landed a good right 30 seconds into the final round, but after a kick attempt Narimani again took the fight to the canvas and went to work on top. Taha got back to his feet midway through the round, but...

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