Up to this point, on paper, the greater part of this would appear to support Nurmagomedov. He is the ruler of weight. He's predominant in top position, which is dependably in his adversaries' psyche. They need to regard his shot - and still more often than not wind up on their backs.
Barboza's takedown safeguard in the UFC is a sublime 86 percent, however, and his every day work with dynamic boxer-wrestlers in Edgar and Alvarez positively can't hurt. Nurmagomedov's catching is unfamiliar to everybody, except Barboza shouldn't be absolutely shell-stunned.
Furthermore, there is the genuine part of ring rust for Nurmagomedov. He appears to be insusceptible to it, yet it exists for everybody. Takedowns frequently depend on timing, and Nurmagomedov may take a moment to locate his following a year off.
In the event that and when Nurmagomedov takes Barboza down, in any case, the last is in a bad position. He's a top notch competitor which has supported that high takedown barrier rate - however his general ground aptitudes are well behind Nurmagomedov's.