It appears we have the return of Russian prodigy Said Nurmagomedov (16-2) scheduled, as he’s slated to face Saidyokub Kakhramonov (10-2) at UFC Fight Night 216.
UFC Fight Night 216 is to go down on December 17, 2022, live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
Nurmagomedov, in no relation to former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, came over to the UFC in July of 2018, where he won a close split decision over karate expert Justin Scoggins.
By this point, he was 12-1 as a professional, he’s a International Master of Sport in MMA, and he’s a former AFC bantamweight champion. His only defeat at the time came to Magomed Bibulatov, who’s an 18-3 UFC veteran, and a former ACB, WSOF, WCFA, & ACA champion himself.
Nurmagomedov would follow his UFC debut up with a first round TKO (spinning back kick) victory over Ricardo Ramos, the only man to boast two spinning elbow KO finishes inside the octagon.
Next would come a defeat to Raoni Barcelos, who’s a solid talent in his own right with a record of 17-3 (6-2 UFC), bringing his record to 13-2.
Nurmagomedov would take just over a year absence from the sport, before returning in October of 2020 to KO Mike Striegl in just 51 seconds, before submitting (guillotine choke) Cody Stamann in a mere 47 seconds in his next outing.
Nurmagomedov followed this up with a unanimous decision victory over Douglas Silva de Andrade earlier this year in July, and he aims to make it four-straight wins with another victory in December.
Saidyokub Kakhramonov has also done well for himself since joining the UFC in August of 2021 with a record of 8-2. He’d win his promotional debut against Trevin Jones via submission (guillotine choke) with just 21 seconds left in the third and final round, before winning a unanimous decision over Ronnie Lawrence in July, the same night Nurmagomedov last fought.
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