MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that the 37-fight veteran will face Gamzatov at the UFC’s upcoming return to Lincoln, Neb., on April 25, following an initial report by Vestnik MMA.
“OSP” (24-13) fought twice in 2019, losing by submission to Nikita Krylov at UFC 236 in April before rebounding with a submission win of his own against Michal Oleksiejczuk five months later. The 36-year-old is 2-3 in his last five fights and 12-8 in the UFC overall. He is currently tied with Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira for the most stoppage wins in UFC light heavyweight history.
Gamzatov (14-0) made a successful Octagon debut in November with a split decision win over Klidson Abreu at UFC Moscow. He competed in the 2018 PFL season, going 2-0 before being forced to bow out of the playoffs due to an injury. He holds wins over UFC veterans Eddie Gordon and Rodney Wallace.
UFC Lincoln is scheduled to be headlined by a bout between light heavyweight contenders Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira. The main card will air on the ESPN+ streaming service.
With reporting by Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin.