first brought word of the matchup. UFC on ESPN 31 takes place at
the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Dec. 4 and is headlined by a
bantamweight tilt between Jose Aldo and
Murzakanov is coming off a contract-winning appearance on Dana
White’s Contender Series, when he defeated Matheus
Scheffel via first-round TKO on Aug. 31. The 35-year-old
Russian is 10-0 is a professional, with notable wins over the likes
Inocente and Andre
Lins, a former Professional Fighters League heavyweight champion,
will be making his 205-pound debut. The 36-year-old went 0-2 in UFC
competition in 2020, falling to Andrei
Arlovski and Tanner
Boser. Since then, he has had proposed bouts against Ovince St.
Preux, Ben Rothwell
and Don’Tale Mayes fall through for various reasons.