Both Richman and Khasbulaev get busy with powerful crosses and low kicks, just glancing their target. “Frodo” goes for back-to-back spinning back kicks, not landing flush on either. A Khasbulaev takedown is easily tossed aside. The pace slows a bit as Richman assumes the center of the cage, popping the Russian with a hard left cross. Khasbulaev comes right back with an overhand left and leg kicks. It's “Frodo” giving chase now, crowding Richman and swarming with punches and kicks. Richman tries to land short right-hand leads on Khasbulaev to slow his advance. Overhand right smacks Khasbulaev, and he smacks right back with one of his own. Another clean left for Richman. Very tightly contested striking contest so far, with each man answering the other's strike. One-two-body kick for Khasbulaev scores and then he goes inside with two right leg kicks. Overhand right lands again for Khasbulaev and Richman's left eye is starting to show some extra color. Right hands and body kicks remain the steady offense for Khasbulaev until the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Richman is the man coming forward to start the second round, landing his powerful left straights. Again, the Dagestani fighter goes to his overhand right, catching Richman of balance despite the disparity in reach. Richman's left has now drawn blood around Khasbulaev's right eye. Khasbulaev has a few cursory takedown attempts shrugged off until landing a nice kneepick on Richman. “Frodo” can't keep him down, however, as Richman quickly scoots to his feet. Khasbulaev gets in on a single and drives Richman back to the cage, but “The Marine” defends and pummels him a bit for his efforts. Another body kick and another weakened shot from the outside from Khasbulaev, which Richman rebuffs. Richman's right jab is now finding Khasbulaev's face. Richman unloads a hard left to the body that puts Khasbulaev on the mat. Richman dives into his guard, but Khasbulaev does well to tie him up, prompting the Minnesotan to let him stand before the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Richman
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Richman
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Richman
Khasbulaev is takedown-minded from the outset, quickly shooting a double on Richman. He gets stuffed, but stays married to the idea, pushing a single-leg takedown on Richman and driving him to the cage wall. “Frodo” sucks him off of his feet but just for a moment as the Minnesotan gets right back up. The southpaw Richman backs up the tiring Khasbulaev with his jab, but can't land heavy with his left hand behind it. Khasbulaev tries to limber up, bouncing on his toes as Richman continues to stalk him. Switch-step Superman punch lands for Khasbulaev, but Richman comes right back with a clean one-two. Two minutes to go and it's still anyone's fight. Khasbulaev continues to throw his left hand and body kicks, but Richman is walking through them with punches of his own. “The Marine” digs to the body with another hard left hook. Khasbulaev shoots and Richman tries to time him with a knee, but ends up eating the canvas. He covers up to avoid any punishment from “Frodo” and gets back to his feet again with a minute to fight. Richman lands a left hook and stuffs another double-leg attempt, but Khasbulaev cracks him on the way up. Right hands land for both men. Khasbulaev reaches with an overhand right, Richman kicks him to the body and the bell rings.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev (29-28 Khasbulaev)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev (29-28 Khasbulaev)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev (29-28 Khasbulaev)
Official result: All three judges -- Eric Colon, Tony Tamburrino and Cardo Urso -- score the bout 30-27 for the winner by decision, Magomedrasul Khasbulaev. Khasbulaev wins Bellator's Season 8 featherweight tournament.