Five most dominant wins in UFC title history as Khabib looks to maul Gaethje including Conor McGregor win over Alvarez

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV will look to continue his run of lightweight dominance when facing Justin Gaethje.

Nurmagomedov, unbeaten in 28 fights, defends his crown against interim champion Gaethje in a unification bout that headlines UFC 254 on Saturday.

The Russian has faced little threat during his career, but his latest opponent's grappling accolades could give Khabib his toughest test to date.

But with Nurmagomedov eyeing retirement after 30 fights, which would mean just one more bout after Gaethja, he could well be intent on leaving a lasting impression on Fight Island.

Here SunSport runs down five famously dominant displays in UFC title fights.

UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor, 2016

Conor McGregor jumped to lightweight and headlined the first ever MMA event in New York against Eddie Alvarez.

It was also a historic night as the Irishman became the first to hold two UFC belts at the same time, after finishing the fight in round two.

McGregor dropped Alvarez SIX times during the main-event, showcasing world class speed, timing and power.

A four-punch combination closed the show and brought an end to what was nothing more than total domination for The Notorious.

UFC 184: Rousey vs Zingano, 2015

Rousey was 10-0, all by stoppage, when Cat Zingano challenged for her bantamweight belt.

Many thought Zingano's wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could give the champion problems.

But Rousey – who had once won EIGHT straight by armbar – took out her opponent in just 14 seconds.

As the fight went to the ground, Rousey locked in the armbar and forced Zingano to tap.

UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones, 2011

Jon Jones stepped in on late notice – replacing his then-training partner Rashad Evans – to challenge Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua.

Jones outsmarted the Brazilian on his feet throughout and completed three takedowns.

His height, reach and unique striking proved too much for Shogun, who in round three was dropped against the fence, and finished on the floor.

Jones became the UFC's youngest champion ever aged 23, and kickstarted his run of supremacy at light-heavyweight.

UFC 121: Lesnar vs Velasquez, 2010

Former WWE star Brock Lesnar was defending his UFC title for the second time when he met future heavyweight legend Cain Velasquez.

Lesnar struggled to initiate grappling exchanges in the opening round and faded as he took punches to the chin while on the floor and standing.

As he almost collapsed to the fence, Velasquez landed a brutal knee, dropping the champion, before finishing the fight.

The four minute beatdown left Lesnar bloodied, battered and bruised on the face.

UFC 77: Franklin vs Silva, 2007

Anderson Silva debuted in the UFC in 2006, knocking out Chris Leben in stunning fashion.

He immediately challenged for the middleweight title and took out UFC legend Rich Franklin in a single round.

Silva broke Franklin's nose with a knee to the face, and as he was floored, the fight was stopped.

The striking Silva showed off during the bout to easily outclass Franklin announced him as the sport's new star – and he would go on to have an iconic career.

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