We’ve got an exciting flyweight clash going down in the coming months, as former Fight Nights Global & Gorilla Fighting flyweight champion Tagir Ulanbekov faces former Destiny MMA & X-1 World Events flyweight champion Tyson Nam.
This bout is to go down at UFC Fight Night 208 on June 25, 2022, at a to-be-determined venue.
Nam finally came over to the UFC in September of 2019, where he was defeated in back-to-back outings against current Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis, and then current no. 2 ranked flyweight contender Kai Kara-France.
Following these two defeats, Nam would then secure back-to-back victories over Zarrukh Adashev (KO) and Jerome Rivera (TKO). The victory over Adashev, who’s a 16-3 professional kickboxer, came just 32 seconds into round one, and the win over Rivera came 34 seconds into round two.
Nam was then defeated by Matt Schnell in a narrow-split decision back in January of 2021.
Now after a year-and-a-half layoff, he’s ready to return against this highly touted Russian prospect.
Tagir Ulanbekov, following his successful Combat Sambo career, and following his claim of two different MMA championships, came over to the UFC with a record of 12-1.
Debuting in October of 2020, he would defeat Bruno Gustavo da Silva (UD) in his promotional debut, before coming back a year later in October of 2021 to defeat Allan Nascimento (SD) in a fight that was closer than many of us anticipated it to be.
Ulanbekov then returned earlier this year in March to face former Titan FC flyweight champion Tim Elliott, who defeated him via unanimous decision.
Elliott was just on point those first two rounds, and though Ulanbekov rallied in the third to capture the 10-9 scorecard from every judge, it was too little too late, and he was handed his first octagon defeat.
Following his split decision win last year in October, he said he’d really like to make a statement in his fight with Elliott. Though he was unable to, he’ll get another chance when he faces Tyson Nam this summer!
Who do you see walking away from this fight the victor?
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