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Khadis Ibragimov steps in for Gadzhimurad Antigulov to fight Ed Herman at UFC Moscow

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Khadis Ibragimov (pictured, blue gloves) will fight Ed Herman at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9
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Ed Herman has found a new opponent for his 23rd Octagon appearance.

Stepping in for Gadzhimurad Antigulov to fight Herman (24-14, 1 NC) in a light-heavyweight bout at UFC Moscow will be 24-year-old Russian Khadis Ibragimov (8-1), MMA Fighting’s Steven Marrocco confirmed with a source close to one of the fighters. The news was first reported by MMA DNA.

The reason for Antigulov’s withdrawal is unknown.

Ibragimov’s debut earlier this year at UFC Shenzhen was also as a replacement. There, he suffered the first loss of his pro career when he was submitted in the third round by Da Un Jung. Prior to that outing, Ibragimov was a light-heavyweight champion in Russia’s M-1 Global promotion.

In Herman’s most recent fight, he defeated Patrick Cummins by first-round TKO at UFC Rochester in May. The 16-year veteran holds an 11-10 (1 NC) record competing in the UFC’s light heavyweight and middleweight division.

UFC Moscow takes place at CSKA Arena on Nov. 9., with the main card airing on the ESPN+ streaming service. A featherweight bout between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin Kattar will serve as the headliner.