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Jailton Almeida rescheduled to fight Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 283

UFC 279: Almeida v Turkalj
Jailton Almeida
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Jailton Almeida and Shamil Abdurakhimov are lined up to face one another again.

Following news of Almeida’s removal from Saturday’s UFC Vegas 64 card due to visa issues with opponent Maxim Grishin, the UFC announced Tuesday that Almeida (17-2) will now fight Abdurakhimov (20-7) next year. The heavyweight bout takes place at UFC 283 on Jan. 21 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

This is the third time that Almeida and Abdurakhimov have been booked for a fight after UFC 279 (Sept. 10) and UFC 280 (Oct. 22) matchups fell through earlier this year. Almeida instead fought newcomer Anton Turkalj at UFC 279, defeating him by submission for his third UFC win. All of his octagon wins have come in the first round.

Abdurakhimov seeks his first win since April 2019. He has lost three straight fights, all by TKO. In his most recent outing in March, he was defeated in the first round by Sergei Pavlovich.

An official headliner is yet to be announced for UFC 283. Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and interim champion Brandon Moreno are set to fight for a fourth time in one of the featured main card bouts to unify the titles.

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