Azamat Murzakanov set to make UFC Vegas 44 debut against Philipe Lins

Azamat Murzakanov set to make UFC Vegas 44 debut against Philipe Lins

Azamat Murzakanov set to make UFC Vegas 44 debut against Philipe Lins

Undefeated light heavyweight talent Azamat Murzakanov will make his UFC debut on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, N.V., against former PFL heavyweight champion Philips Lins, multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting. VestnikMMA first reported the news.

Murzakanov (10-0) entered the UFC after winning the Brave CF openweight grand prix in 2019 and finishing Matheus Scheffel under the Dana White’s Contender Series banner earlier this year.

Murzakanov also holds a knockout victory over rising middleweight contender Andre Muniz in the Russian circuit.

Lins (14-5) went 0-2 as a heavyweight in the UFC after a perfect 4-0 career inside the PFL cage in 2018, losing to Andrei Arlovski and Tanner Boser. The American Top Team fighter has also competed inside the Bellator cage in the past, going 3-3 in the company.

Lins, who makes his 205-pound debut in the UFC, competes for the first time since the cancelation of fights against Don’Tale Mayes, Ben Rothwell (three times) and Ovince St. Preux since November 2020.