Mairbek Taisumov says he’s fighting Desmond Green at UFC Moscow

Riding an enviable streak of five straight knockouts, Mairbek Taisumov will go after his next one on his home turf.

Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) today announced on his Twitter account a lightweight fight against Desmond Green (21-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the UFC’s debut event in Moscow. Taisumov hails from the Chechen Republic in Russia. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 136 takes place Sept. 15 in Moscow, marking the promotion’s long-awaited debut in Russia. A heavyweight bout between veteran slugger Mark Hunt and submission wizard Aleksei Oleinik headlines the card, which is expected to stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Taisumov, who will be 30 when he steps in the cage against Green, has five straight wins, all by knockout. His past three wins have won “Performance of the Night” bonuses for stoppages of Alan Patrick, Damir Hadzovic and Felipe Silva. The latter two came in the first round. But when he steps in the cage in Russia, it will have been nearly a year since his 84-second knockout win over Silva in the Netherlands.

Visa issues reportedly kept Taisumov from a fight against Evan Dunham at UFC 223 in Brooklyn in April, but that shouldn’t be an issue for him in Moscow.

Desmond Green

Green got back on track in June with a unanimous decision over Gleison Tibau in New York for arguably the biggest win of his career. After a win over Josh Emmett in his promotional debut at UFC 210 in April 2017, the former Bellator fighter and ex-Titan FC featherweight champion dropped back-to-back decisions to Rustam Khabilov and Michel Prazeres for the first losing skid of his career.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 136 card includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. C.B. Dollaway
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Terrion Ware
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Adam Yandiev
  • Petr Yan vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Desmond Green vs. Mairbek Taisumov

For more on UFC Fight Night 136, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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