Said Nurmagomedov will break a one-year absence from the cage in early 2022, facing Cody Stamann at UFC’s January 22nd pay-per-view event. News of the matchup was first reported by Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA.
The fight joins UFC 270, which doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Nurmagomedov last competed in October 2020, defeating Mark Striegl in less than a minute with strikes. The performance was his third victory through four appearances since joining the UFC roster in 2018.
Stamann will be fighting to end a losing streak in his next outing. He has lost to notable bantamweights in his last two fights, dropping scorecards to Jimmie Rivera and Merab Dvalishvili.
UFC are reportedly looking to book a heavyweight unification bout for UFC 270. Should that fight be made official, here is how the PPV lineup would look:
Bout 5: Francis Ngannou (16-3) vs. Ciryl Gane (10-0) (UFC Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 4: Jared Cannonier (14-5) vs. Derek Brunson (23-7) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Greg Hardy (7-4) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (59-16-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Jacob Malkoun (5-1) vs. AJ Dobson (6-0) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Cody Stamann (19-4-1) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (14-2) (Bantamweight)