Russian lightweight Magomed Mustafaev, who lost his opponent a month before the fight due to an injury to Australian Jamie Mullarkey, remains on the card of the UFC 280 tournament and on October 22 in Abu Dhabi will meet with the organization’s rookie Yamato Nishikawa representing Japan.
The replacement was reported by informed sources close to the situation.
34-year-old Magomed Mustafaev, who has been playing in the UFC since 2015, has fought five fights under the banner of the organization, scoring three early victories and suffering two losses. In the previous match, which took place in February 2020 at UFC Fight Night 168 in New Zealand, the Russian lost a split decision to Brad Riddell after three rounds. After that, Mustafaev was scheduled to fight with Renato Moicano, Mateusz Gamrot, Damir Ismagulov, Yoel Alvarez and Jamie Mullarkey, but they were all canceled for various reasons.
Despite his young age, 19-year-old Yamato Nishikawa has twenty professional wins and three losses to his credit, and will debut in the UFC on an impressive streak of fourteen victories, eleven of which he won ahead of schedule.