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.
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)