In a rare coincidence, both the Nurmagomedovs, ended up making their debuts on the same day: January 20, and defeated their opponents deploying a similar submission move but Umar got the result in the second round, whereas Habib needed a third to register his win.
And Umar, the 25-year-old, dominated the opening round against Sergey Morozov. In the second round, the well-rounded fighter put Morozov to sleep with a rear-naked choke in 3 minutes 39 seconds at the Etihad Arena.
Habib had also made his UFC debut on January 20, 2012, had won with a similar submission style but in 2 minutes and 8 seconds of the third round
"Nine years ago, this day, 20 January, 2012, I beat my opponent like this, with this choke. And today, he did this, but I did in the third round, and he did in the second round," Habib told MMA great Daniel Cormier inside the steel cage.
Umar's bantamweight debut fight against Morozov was scheduled to take place at UFC 254, but he pulled out due to health issues. It was rescheduled for UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 but then advanced to be held during Wednesday's UFC: Chiesa vs. Magny. This was primarily done to avoid any scope of confrontation between Team Habib and Team Conor McGregor.