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Muhammad Naimov steps in on just five days notice to fight Jamie Mullarkey at UFC Vegas 74

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Jamie Mullarkey has a new opponent. confirmed today (Mon, May 29, 2023) with multiple sources that Mullarkey (16-5) will face UFC newcomer, Muhammad Naimov (8-2), on just five days notice this weekend at UFC Vegas 74 from inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Mullarkey was scheduled to face Guram Kutateladze; however, the fight was scrapped for an undisclosed reason.

Mullarkey, 28, is coming off back-to-back wins over UFC veterans Michael Johnson and Francisco Prado and will be looking to win three straight for the first time inside the Octagon.

Naimov, 28, is the latest fighter from Tajikistan to be signed to UFC (there are now four Tajikistan fighters on UFC’s roster). “Hillman” will also be moving up a weight class for his debut, as all of his other fights prior were at Featherweight. He is riding a three-fight win steak, with two wins being by stoppage.

Naimov also competed on season four of Dana White’s Contender Series, dropping a unanimous decision to Collin Anglin in the co-main event.

Check out UFC Vegas 74’s refreshed lineup below:

  • 125 lbs.: Kai Kara-France vs. Amir Albazi
  • 145 lbs.: Alex Caceres vs. Daniel Pineda
  • 155 lbs.: Jared Gordon vs. Jim Miller
  • 125 lbs.: Tim Elliott vs. Victor Altamirano
  • 125 lbs.: Karine Silva vs. Ketlen Souza
  • 170 lbs.: Elizeu Zaleski vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov
  • 155 lbs.: Jamie Mullarkey vs. Muhammad Naimov
  • 135 lbs.: John Castaneda vs. Mateus Mendonca
  • 265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Don’Tale Mayes
  • 135 lbs.: Johnny Munoz vs. Daniel Santos
  • 115 lbs.: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Elise Reed
  • 135 lbs.: Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Luan Lacerda
  • 205 lbs.: Maxim Grishin vs. Philipe Lins

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 74 fight card right here, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining main card balance (also on ESPN+) at 9 p.m. ET.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC Vegas 74: “Kara-France vs. Albazi” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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