Canadian flyweight Malcolm (X) Gordon appears to be like to make it three wins in a row when he faces unbeaten Muhammad (The Punisher) Mokaev at UFC 280 subsequent month.
The cardboard, scheduled for Oct. 22 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, options two title bouts. Brazilian Charles Oliveira takes on Russia’s Islam Makhachev, the No. 4 contender, for the vacant light-weight championship whereas Aljamain (Funk Grasp) Sterling defends his bantamweight crown in opposition to fellow American T.J. Dillashaw, ranked second amongst 135-pound contenders.
The 155-pound title was stripped from Oliveira after he did not make weight for his win over American Justin (The Spotlight) Gaethje in Could.
Gordon (14-5-0) is coming off wins over Ukraine’s Denys (Psycho) Bondar and Brazil’s Francisco (Sniper) Figueiredo. He was the primary Canadian to compete on Combat Island in Abu Dhabi, shedding his UFC debut by submission to Sweden’s Amir (The Prince) Albazi in July 2021.
Gordon, a 32-year-old from Calgary who now calls Toronto residence, is 2-2-0 within the UFC.
Mokaev (8-0-0 with one no-contest) has received each of his UFC fights to this point, defeating Individuals Cody Durden and Charles (InnerG) Johnson. The Russian-born Mokaev now fights out of Manchester, England.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Sept. 23, 2022