Undefeated UFC bantamweight Umar Nurmagomedov has his first fight of 2023 booked.
The younger cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov will step into the UFC’s octagon for the fourth time when he faces off in opposition to Raoni Barcelos on Jan. 14. A supply with data of the booking confirmed the matchup with MMA Junkie following the first document from ESPN. Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz additionally publicly acknowledged the pairing.
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The 26-year-outdated Nurmagomedov (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is off to a hot start in his younger UFC occupation. After finishing his first two opponents, Sergey Morozov and Brian Kelleher, he went the gap with Nate Maness in June, winning a unanimous probability.
Barcelos (17-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has been beneath the UFC’s banner since July 2018. For the length of that stretch, he has defeated six opponents, alongside with a unanimous probability take dangle of over Trevin Jones in October.