Muhammad Mokaev set to return against Jafel Filho at UFC 286


One of the UFC’s brightest prospects and busiest names is set to return on March 18 when flyweight up-and-comer Muhammad Mokaev takes on Jafel Filho at UFC 286.

The bout will mark Mokaev’s fourth UFC appearance over a 12-month span. MMA Fighting announced the news Monday after an initial report from UFC broadcast partner ESPN HTML1.

Mokaev (9-0, 1 NC) is currently MMA Fighting’s No. 12 ranked flyweight in the world.

The 22-year-old is a perfect 3-0 thus far in the UFC, a run highlighted by submission finishes of Cody Durden and, most recently, Malcolm Gordon. Mokaev is generally considered to be one of the most intriguing prospects in the flyweight division and has openly proclaimed his goals of becoming the youngest champion in UFC history.

His next step in that ladder is Filho (14-2), a 29-year-old product of the UFC’s Contender Series who has yet to make his official promotional debut. Filho, who had a winning streak of four fights on Brazil’s regional scene, earned his UFC contract this September with a TKO victory over Roybert Echeverria in the third round.

UFC 286 takes place at The O2 Arena in London, England. The rubber match between UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman headlines the event.

Guilherme Cruz contributed to this report.