UFC Moscow is scheduled to go down this Saturday, November 9, at CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia. The event will mark the promotion’s second trip to Russia in 2019.
The fight card is slated to be headlined by an intriguing featherweight tilt with big implications for the division.
Our co-main event will be a heavyweight clash that features a controversial one-time NFL player taking on a former, multi-promotional mixed martial arts world champion.
We dive deeper into both of the marquee bouts below.
Main card – Watch on ESPN+ (2 pm ET)
- Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Calvin Kattar
- Alexander Volkov vs. Greg Hardy
- Zelim Imadaev vs. Danny Roberts
- Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ed Herman
- Ramazan Emeev vs. Anthony Rocco Martin
- Shamil Gamzatov vs. Klidson Farias de Abreu
Preliminary card – Watch on ESPN+ (11 am ET)
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Sergey Khandozhko
- Roman Kopylov vs. Karl Roberson
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. David Zawada
- Alexander Yakovlev vs. Roosevelt Roberts
- Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Pannie Kianzad
- Grigory Popov vs. Davey Grant
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Calvin Kattar
Zabit Magomedsharipov (17-1) last tasted defeat in 2013. The former Wushu Sanda World Cup winner has claimed and defended the ACB featherweight title and won 13 straight (including going 5-0 in the UFC) since his lone loss in MMA.
Magomedsharipov’s most recent fight came earlier this year when he took a three-round unanimous decision over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 235. At 28-years-old and with a plethora of combat experience, it’s easy to see why many have been high on the Dagestani fighter as far as prospects go.
Calvin Kattar (20-3) came into the UFC as a late replacement against Andre Fili back in 2017. Though a heavy underdog, Kattar won the fight and grabbed the attention of media and fans with his performance. Since his debut with the promotion, Kattar has gone 3-1 picking up TKO victories over Shane Burgos, Chris Fishgold and most recently, Ricardo Lamas last June.
This fight was expected to headline UFC Boston last month, but an injury to Magomedsharipov forced the bout to be rescheduled.
Alexander Volkov vs. Greg Hardy
A former Bellator and M-1 heavyweight champion, Alexander Volkov (30-7) will be looking to get back into the win column this weekend. Volkov’s last outing saw him out-strike Derrick Lewis for the better part of three rounds before succumbing to the famous power possessed by “Black Beast” with only 11 seconds to go.
The loss snapped a six-fight win streak for Volkov who had picked up wins over Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve, and a former champion in Fabricio Werdum since joining the UFC.
Meeting the Russian kickboxer on short notice is Greg Hardy (5-1-1). The disgraced former Dallas Cowboy came into the UFC with a lot of heat due to his history of domestic violence. But since switching careers from running on the field to punching people in a cage, Hardy has continued to be a PR nightmare for his new bosses at the UFC.
Hardy began his career by KO’ing all of his opponents in his first three professional fights. In his UFC debut, Hardy landed an illegal knee on Allen Crowder that forced the fight to be stopped and Hardy to be disqualified.
After picking up a couple of more TKO wins, Hardy would win a unanimous decision over Ben Sosoli a UFC Boston last month. Between the second and third rounds, Hardy took a puff off of an inhaler. Social media exploded with questions surrounding the legality of using a device designed to help people breathe during a physically exerting contest. The athletic commission looked into the incident and ruled that Hardy had not been cleared to use an inhaler. The win for Hardy was changed to a no contest.
Brandon is a long-time fan of combat sports who has covered them for various outlets since 2017.