Unbeaten bantamweight prospect Umar Nurmagomedov will get his biggest test to date when he faces Brian Kelleher at UFC 272, which goes down March 5 in Las Vegas, Nev. MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin confirmed the booking following a report from ESPN.
UFC 272 will feature a grudge bout between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington, welterweights at the T-Mobile Arena.
Cousin to former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Umar made the move from UFC Lightweight King to 13-0 after his success in the octagon.
Kelleher (24-12) is looking to extend his winning streak to three when he faces the Russian talent in Las Vegas. In his most recent bouts, “Boom” won decisions over Kevin Croom and Domingo Pilarte to boost his UFC record to 8-5.
Victorious in two PFL appearances in the past, and soon to turn 26 years of age, Nurmagomedov won six of his 13 victories by way of submission. Kelleher has also scored the majority of his wins by tapout, seven of those 10 finishes coming via guillotine choke.