Thiago Tavares will drop to the featherweight division for his next bout in the UFC.
Tavares, who revealed his plans to cut 10 pounds for his next fight after a first-round victory over Justin Salas last month, has verbally agreed to meet UFC newcomer Zubair Tuhogov at UFC Fight Night 36 in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, on Feb. 15. Combate first reported the news.
The Brazilian will make his featherweight debut after racking up a 8-5-1 record under the UFC banner. Tavares (18-5-1) hasn’t fought outside of Brazil since March 2011, and is 3-1 in front of his countrymen.
Tuhogov, a 22-year old, makes his UFC debut riding a six-fight win streak, the longest of his 3-year MMA career. The Russian fighter has a 15-3 record with six stoppage victories.
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