Roman Kopylov has agreed to fight Roman Dolidze

With his fourth consecutive knockout victory, Russian UFC middleweight Roman Kopylov answered in the affirmative when asked if he would be willing to face Georgia’s Roman Dolidze, who was left without an opponent after Derek Brunson left the organization.

“I would like to get a higher-ranked opponent with every next fight and go for the belt,” Kopylov said at the press conference following UFC Fight Night 227. “He’s number seven? That’s great. If the organization is interested in this confrontation, we will please the fans.”

The Russian also commented on the success of American Sean Strickland, who a week earlier scored a sensational victory over Israel Adesanya and became the new UFC middleweight champion.

“60-40 I was giving this fight to Adesanya, but Shawn showed he was worthy of the win and the championship belt. The guys showed a great fight. Congratulations to Shawn! I challenged him in the previous fight, now he’s the champion and I hope he keeps the belt while I get up there”

The middleweight fight between Roman Kopylov and Josh Fremd, which was part of the event’s preliminary card, ended at the 4:44 mark of the second round after the Russian sent his opponent to the canvas with a liver kick and the American was unable to continue the encounter.

The bout between Roman Dolidze and Derek Brunson was scheduled to take place on Nov. 11 at UFC 295 in New York City.