The first UFC fight for “Dana White’s Contender Series” standouts Albert Duraev and Jailton Almeida are already set. The prospects are expected to debut in the coming months on UFC cards that do not have a confirmed location at the moment.
Duraev To Face Veteran Di Chirico
Duraev will have a big test in his first UFC bout, fighting Alessio Di Chirico at UFC’s October 30th pay-per-view event. News of the matchup was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
Duraev had a quick win on last week’s “Contender Series” episode, submitting Caio Bittencourt in the first round with a neck crank.
The signing of Duraev has been met with some criticism. Journalist Karim Zidan noted earlier in the week that Duraev voiced his support last year for an 18-year-old student in France who beheaded his teacher.
Di Chirico will be looking to bounce back from a head kick knockout loss he suffered in August against Abdul Razak Alhassan. The 31-year-old has lost four of his last five bouts, although he earned a stoppage win early this year against Joaquin Buckley.
Almeida To Meet Marques In November
Almeida’s first UFC challenge will come on November 13th, facing Danilo Marques on a “Fight Night” card, per Marcelo Barone and Zeca Azevedo of Combate.
Almeida secured a submission win on the September 14th episode of the “Contender Series,” handing Nasrudin Nasrudinov his first pro loss with a second-round rear naked choke.
The win continued a streak of victories that started in 2018 and is now a total of nine fights.
Marques suffered his first UFC loss in his most recent bout, getting finished by Kennedy Nzechukwu in June. Before then he had scored two wins in the promotion.