UFC 253 has gained another light heavyweight bout, as a matchup between Khadis Ibramigov and Danilo Marques has been added to the card. News of the pairing was first reported by Natassia del Fischer of AgFight.
The fight will be Ibragimov’s fourth crack at the UFC following three consecutive losses. Entering the promotion in 2019 while still undefeated, Ibragimov lost to Da Un Jung, Ed Herman and most recently Roman Dolidze.
Marques will make his return to MMA with the fight, as his most recent fight dates back to February of 2018. The former Gladiator Combat Fight Middleweight Champion will look to extend his dated winning streak to three-straight.
UFC 253 has light heavyweight gold on the line later in the show, as Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz are scheduled to fight for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
The headlining bout of the evening is set to be UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya against Paulo Costa.
UFC 253 is set for September 26th, with the location reportedly scheduled to be “Fight Island,” at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Here’s the full card.
Bout 11: Israel Adesanya (19-0) vs. Paulo Costa (13-0) (UFC Middleweight Championship)
Bout 10: Dominick Reyes (12-1) vs. Jan Blachowicz (26-8) (Vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 9: Hakeem Dawodu (11-1-1) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (19-4-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 8: Kai Kara-France (21-8) vs. Brandon Royval (11-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Ketlen Vieira (10-1) vs. Marion Reneau (9-6-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 6: Diego Sanchez (30-12) vs. Jake Matthews (16-4) (Welterweight)
Bout 5: Brad Riddell (8-1) vs. Alex da Silva (21-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Nate Landwehr (14-3) vs. Shane Young (13-4) (Featherweight)
Bout 3: William Knight (8-1) vs. Aleksa Camur (6-0) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Jeff Hughes (10-3) vs. Juan Espino (9-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Khadis Ibragimov (8-3) vs. Danilo Marques (9-2) (Light Heavyweight)