A fight between Umar Nurmagomedov and Sergey Morozov will happen a few days earlier than expected, as it has been bumped from the UFC 257 card to a January 20th “Fight Night.” Igor Lazorin reported the move on his Instagram on Monday.
The fight will be the UFC debut for both fighters. The fight joins a card that is set to happen at the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The bout will be Nurmagomedov’s UFC debut after a 12-fight undefeated run outside of the promotion. Nurmagomedov became the Gorilla Fighting Bantamweight Champion in his last fight, defeating Braian Gonzalez in 2019.
Viewers may recognize Nurmagomedov from his two non-tournament appearances in PFL.
Morozov enters the UFC after a championship run in M-1. Morozov earned the M-1 bantamweight belt in 2019, defeating Aleksandr Osetrov to take the belt. He defended it once in 2019, defeating Josh Rettinghouse.
Now with an extra fight in the lineup, here’s how UFC’s Wednesday night card looks.
Bout 13: Michael Chiesa (16-4) vs. Neil Magny (24-7) (Welterweight)
Bout 12: Pedro Munhoz (18-5) vs. Jimmie Rivera (23-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 11: Lerone Murphy (9-0-1) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (26-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 10: Francisco Figueiredo (11-3-1) vs. Jerome Rivera (10-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 9: Roxanne Modafferi (25-17) vs. Viviane Araujo (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Ike Villanueva (16-11) vs. Vinicius Moreira (9-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 7: Victoria Leonardo (8-2) vs. Manon Fiorot (5-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 6: Tyson Nam (20-11-1) vs. Matt Schnell (14-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 5: Mike Davis (8-2) vs. Mason Jones (10-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Su Mudaerji (13-4) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (3-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2) vs. Markus Perez (12-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Warlley Alves (13-4) vs. Mounir Lazzez (10-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 1: Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) vs. Sergey Morozov (16-3) (Bantamweight)