As if one Nurmagomedov wasn’t enough for the UFC roster to deal with, there will now be two. Khabib Nurmagomedov announced over social media that the promotion has gone ahead and signed him brother Abubakar Nurmagomedov to a deal. The 14-1 welterweight will kick off his UFC career at the UFC Fight Night card in Belem, Brazil on February 3rd.
As you might expect from a Nurmagomedov, Abubakar is a national combat sambo champion. He’s also got a Fedor-like story about the lone loss of his career, which came via a doctor’s stoppage over a cut. For the past two years he’s been working away in the World Series of Fighting where he earned notable wins over John Howard and Matt Secor.
There’s no word yet on who Abubakar will face for his fight in Belem, but here’s the rest of the card as it stands:
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
Iuri Alcântara vs. Joe Soto
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcelo Golm
Maia Stevenson vs. Polyana Viana
Alan Patrick vs. Damir Hadzovic