Malcolm Gordon will get his first UFC assignment on July 18th, stepping in for Tagir Ulanbekov in a matchup against Alexsander Doskalchuk. First reported by Aaron Bronsteter of TSN, the matchup joins the card scheduled to happen at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Gordon, a Canadian fighter, currently has a four-fight winning streak that he obtained in Canadian MMA promotion TKO. His UFC fight will be somewhat of a layoff, as he last competed in April of 2019.
Doskalchuk, a former M-1 Flyweight Champion, will also be making his UFC debut. Similar to Gordon, Doskalchuk hasn’t fought in a while, having last competed in November of 2011.
The main event of the July 18th card is scheduled to be a rematch between Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship. The 12-fight card looks like this.
Bout 12: Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1) vs. Joseph Benavidez (28-6) (Vacant UFC Flyweight Championship)
Bout 11: Jack Hermansson (20-5) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (16-5) (Middleweight)
Bout 10: Marc Diakiese (14-3) vs. Rafael Fiziev (7-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 9: Ariane Lipski (12-5) vs. Luana Carolina (6-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Alexandre Pantoja (22-4) vs. Askar Askarov (11-0-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Khadis Ibragimov (8-2) vs. Roman Dolidze (6-0) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 6: Grant Dawson (15-1) vs. Nad Narimani (12-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Joel Alvarez (16-2) vs. Joe Duffy (16-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Brett Johns (16-2) vs. Montel Jackson (9-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Malcolm Gordon (12-3) vs. Aleksander Doskalchuk (10-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Davi Ramos (10-3) vs. Arman Tsarukyan (14-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Sergey Spivak (10-2) vs. Carlos Felipe (8-0) (Heavyweight)