Yamato Nishikawa has been rewarded for his 14 fight winning streak with a UFC contract according to reports. The highly experienced 19 year old has been booked to face Magomed Mustafaev in Abu Dhabi on October 22nd.
Nishikawa (21-6-3) hasn’t lost a fight since 2018. A veteran of 30 MMA fights he has experience beyond his years and has also competed under Muay Thai rules.
Nishikawa was last seen in action at Shooto 0919 last weekend, winning a unanimous decision over Shigeaki Kusayanagi. Having spent much of his career competing at 155lbs the teenager has fought at welterweight in his last few bouts.
At UFC 280 he will be taking on Mustafaev (14-4) who has been on the UFC roster since 2015 but has only competed in the octagon five times. He was out for nearly three years after reportedly suffering an arm injury and was last seen losing to Brad Riddell at UFC on ESPN+ 26.
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As previously announced the event will be headlined by a lightweight title fight with former champion Charles Oliveira challenging Islam Makhachev for the vacant belt.
Oliveira lost the title on the scales after narrowly missing weight at UFC 274. He was only over by 0.5lbs and went on to beat Justin Gaethje by first round submission to extend his winning streak to 11.
Makhachev comes into this contest on a ten fight winning streak. He is a protege of Khabib Nurmagomedov and would love to follow in his mentor’s footsteps by taking the UFC lightweight belt back to Dagestan.
— UFC (@ufc) July 16, 2022
The other fights currently on the card include a bantamweight bout between Petr Yan and Sean O’Malley. The Russian is the former bantamweight champion and this will be his third time fighting in Abu Dhabi.
O’Malley fought to a no contest with Pedro Munhoz at UFC 279 earlier this month. The popular American has been handed a quick turnaround but faces arguably the toughest test of his career against a former bantamweight champion.
Both men have gone back and forth on social media and this will definitely be a grudge match:
Hey pink poodle @SugaSeanMMA , if you win on Saturday and really wanna fight me I dare you to call me out and I will accept it. But if you just wanna make useless noise for hype, stop talking about me, coward 🐩
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) July 1, 2022
Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who has a 2014 loss to Mustafaev on his record, will be looking to continue the legacy left by his more famous cousin when he fights at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi. It is the sight of some of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s most famous wins.
But Nurmagomedov has been a success in sanctioned MMA competition, although not quite as successful as his cousin. He is coming off a decision win over Jared Gooden at UFC 260.
Omargadzhiev is coming off the first defeat of his entire career. He had won 13 fights out of 13 until suffering a technical decision loss to Caio Borralho at UFC Vegas 51.
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During the pandemic the UFC declared that Abu Dhabi was ‘Fight Island’ and in total there have been 16 events held there. The country first hosted a card in 2010 but has emerged as a destination for some of the biggest fights in recent years.
Some of the biggest UFC fights of recent years have taken place in Abu Dhabi. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor have headlined several cards there.