Umar Nurmagomedov has officially signed with the UFC and has his promotional debut set for UFC 249.
Nurmagomedov, who is Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s cousin has been rumored to have signed with the Las Vegas-based promotion for a while now. And, it is now official as the promotion announced he would make his debut at UFC 249 against Hunter Azure.
Umar Nurmagomedov is a perfect 11-0 and last fought back at GFC 20 in November where he submitted Braian Gonzalez. The Russian has fought twice in PFL where he earned a decision win over Saidyokub Kakharamonov and Sidemar Honorio. Out of his 11 wins, six have come by stoppage.
Hunter Azure, meanwhile, made his debut back in September at UFC Vancouver and earned a decision win over Brad Katona. Before that, he earned his UFC contract when he defeated Chris Ocon by decision on the Contender Series. Azure is also a perfect 7-0 in his career, so someone’s 0 will have to go here.
UFC 249 fight card now looks like:
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson – for lightweight title
- Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
- Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Ben Rothwell vs. Gian Villante
- Ottman Azaitar vs. Khama Worthy
- Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras
- Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
- Hunter Azure vs. Umar Nurmagomedov