The UFC have added to their roster with newly signed Featherweights Will Chope and Bekbulat Magomedov set to square off in their promotional debut at the turn of next year in Singapore, January 4th at the Marina Bay Sands.
Sources close to the situation confirmed the news with FSA earlier today.
Will Chope (19-5) is the tallest Featherweight you’re ever likely to see standing at an incredible 6’4″. The former URCC champion competed on the Asian MMA scene fighting under promotions like Pacific Xtreme Combat, DARE, and Malaysian Fighting Championship.
The fighter dubbed “The Kill” began his Mixed Martial Arts career back in 2010, and after a shaky start Chope is now on a 14-fight win streak. His last loss came at the hands of Ev Ting at the beginning of last year, since then he’s ran through competition with ease. Most recently he stopped Featherweight King of Pancrase Takumi Nakayama via TKO in the third round at last months PXC 40.
After a recent success of Russian imports, Bekbulat Magomedov (11-0) will be the latest looking to make his mark inside the Octagon. The unbeaten fighter competed seven times this year, and has finished all of his opponents by way of stoppage. With only one of his foes making it out of the first round.
Magomedov was scheduled to face Chinese MMA star Guan Wang later this month in the headline act at RUFF 11.
UPDATE: RUFF CEO Joel Resnick has since confirmed with FightSport Asia that Bekbulat Magomedov/Guan Wang will still go ahead as planned later this month. UFC are looking for a replacement for Will Chope.
UFC Fight Night 34 will see a Welterweight clash serve as the Main event as hard hitting Jake Ellenberger looks to get back in the win column, while Tarec Saffiedine is itching to make an instant impact on his UFC debut.
Here’s how the card looks thus far:
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Hacran Dias
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
Will Chope vs. Bekbulat Magomedov