As one of the more shallow divisions in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today, the Light Heavyweight faction desperately needs fresh faces to call contenders.
Luckily, one such youngster exists in the form of Russian grappling expert Nikita Krylov. The 24-year-old finisher will make his return to the cage against veteran and former Middleweight mainstay Ed Herman at UFC 201 on July from Atlanta, Georgia.
UFC announced the 205-pound tilt earlier today (Fri., June 3, 2016).
Krylov (20-4) has amassed a 4-1 record since moving down from Heavyweight back in 2014. He has finished all four of his wins by way of submission or TKO, with three of them coming in the first round. But despite his relative dominance over the past two years, Krylov has not fought anyone ranked within the top 15.
While Herman is also un-ranked, he at least represents a step up in competition from the usual fighters the Russian encounters. Herman, 35, made a successful return to the Light Heavyweight division when he knocked Tim Boetsch out at UFC Fight Night 81 back in January.