Four lightweights on long winning streaks will be in action at UFC 242.
Officials announced Friday that Islam Makhachev will fight Davi Ramos, and Mairbek Taisumov will fight Diego Ferreira at the UFC’s Sept. 7 pay-per-view in Abu Dhabi.
Makhachev (17-1), a native of Russia, has won five straight fights, a stretch dating back to Oct. 3, 2015. In his last outing, he defeated newcomer Arman Tsarukyan by unanimous decision at UFC Saint Petersburg in April. His current run also includes a 57-second KO win over Gleison Tibau.
He’ll be facing Ramos (11-2), a grappling specialist who has seen his hand raised in his last four bouts. He most recently defeated Austin Hubbard by unanimous decision at UFC Rochester in May.
Russia’s Taisumov (27-5) last fought in Moscow in September, where he defeated Desmond Green by unanimous decision to record his sixth straight win. Prior to outpointing Green, Taisumov had knocked out his last five opponents.
This will be Taisumov’s first in-cage appearance since resolving a six-month USADA suspension.
Ferreira (15-2) is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Rustam Khabilov at UFC Prague in February. He has won four straight fights. Ferreira was supposed to fight Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 237, but was forced out of the contest when officials ruled that he was medically unfit to compete after it was discovered that Ferreira had kidney stones.