Mohammad Yahya has signed with the UFC and will debut in Abu Dhabi next month. The reigning UAE Warriors lightweight champion will become the first fighter from the country to compete inside the octagon.
Yahya has been booked to face Trevor Peek at UFC 294. The event is set for the Etihad Arena on October 21st and the Emirati should get good support from the fans in Abu Dhabi.
Yahya (12-3) is on a five fight winning streak. At UAE Warriors 21 he became the promotion’s lightweight champion after stopping Yazid Chouchane late in the second round.
He successfully defended the belt at UAE Warriors 29. The 29 year old trains out of TK MMA in Dubai and holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Peek (8-1) earned his UFC contract after impressing on Dana White’s Contender Series. This will be his third fight for the promotion and he has a win and a loss from his previous two.
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UFC 294 will be the promotion’s first event in Abu Dhabi this year. The card will be headlined by a rematch with Islam Makhachev putting his lightweight title on the line against Charles Oliveira.
The two men first met at UFC 280 last year. Makhachev submitted Oliveira in the second round to win the lightweight title in Abu Dhabi, at the same venue which will host the rematch.
Makhachev would go on to beat Alex Volkanovski by decision at UFC 284 in Perth to defend the belt. He is the protege of Khabib Nurmagomedov who held the lightweight title himself and retired undefeated.
At UFC 289 last month Oliveira stopped Beneil Dariush in the opening round. The Brazilian holds the promotion’s record for most finishes, most submission and most bonuses.
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The card will also feature the middleweight debut of Khamzat Chimaev. Having missed weight by nearly 10lbs at UFC 280 he has moved up a division and will be taking on Paulo Costa.
Also in the middleweight division Nassourdine Imavov has been matched with Ikram Aliskerov. The former had been booked to fight Costa at UFC 291 but that fight was cancelled with both men facing different opponents in October instead.
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The first to be officially confirmed for this card was a flyweight fight pitting Tim Elliott against Muhammad Mokaev. The latter was born in Dagestan but represents England having lived in the country since a young age.
He is no stranger to competing in the Middle East, this will be his fourth fight in the region. Mokaev was also on the UFC 280 card in Abu Dhabi last year and scored a submission win over Malcolm Gordon that night.
In his most recent fight the Englishman scored a submission win over Jafel Filho at UFC 286. Mokaev is currently ranked #11 and will be looking to crack the top ten with another win in Abu Dhabi.
In 2016 Elliot challenged for the UFC flyweight title. He dropped a decision to Johnson that night but has been on the UFC roster ever since and is coming off back to back decision wins.