Two January bouts shifted to UFC Fight Island 8 card


Tom Breese (pictured) and opponent Omari Akhmedov will now see their middleweight bout take place on Jan. 20 | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Next week’s Wednesday UFC event now has two more fights.

Officials announced Tuesday that a middleweight bout between Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1) and Tom Breese (12-2), and a previously postponed bantamweight bout between Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) and Sergey Morozov (16-3) have both been moved to UFC Fight Island 8 on Jan. 20.

Akhmedov-Breese was originally scheduled to take place this Saturday at UFC Fight Island 7, while Nurmagomedov-Morozov was delayed from its originally scheduled date of UFC 254 on Oct. 24 when Nurmagomedov withdrew due to an illness.

The Nurmagomedov-Morozov change was first reported by TASS.

Akhmedov looks to bounce back from a loss to former UFC champion Chris Weidman this past August, which ended a six-fight unbeaten streak. Breese fights for the fifth time since 2016 and has alternated wins and losses in his past five, most recently defeating KB Bhullar by first-round TKO.

Nurmagomedov is a cousin and teammate of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He has previously competed for the PFL and Gorilla Fighting Championship (now Eagle Fighting Championship) and is unbeaten in 12 pro bouts since debuting in December 2016. This is the fourth time that his UFC debut has been booked.

Morozov is a former M-1 Global bantamweight champion. He won five straight fights before signing with the UFC.

See the updated card for UFC Fight Island 8 below:

Neil Magny vs. Michael Chiesa

Warlley Alves vs. Mounir Lazzez

Ike Villanueva vs. Vinicius Moreira

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Viviane Araujo

Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Lerone Murphy

Ricky Simon vs. Gaetano Pirrello

Su Mudaerji vs. Zarrukh Adashev

Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Markus Perez

Francisco Figueiredo vs. Jerome Rivera

Mike Davis vs. Mason Jones

Matt Schnell vs. Tyson Nam

Manon Fiorot vs. Victoria Leonardo

Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese

Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov

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