UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia adds three bouts: Hadžović vs. Taisumov!
The UFC’s debut event in Croatia had added three new bouts that include a handful of promotional newcomers.
UFC officials today announced the matchups.
UFC Fight Night 86 takes place April 10 at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Although seven matchups are now official for the card, a headliner still hasn’t been determined, UFC officials recently told MMAjunkie.
In heavyweight action, North Dakota-based Timothy Johnson (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who knocked out Shamil Abdurakhimov in his UFC debut to push his winning streak to eight bouts, now looks to rebound from his subsequent decision loss to Jared Rosholt. The 30-year-old takes on Marcin Tybura (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a promotional newcomer who’s recently fought for M-1. The 30-year-old Polish fighter recently rebounded from his career loss, via TKO to Stephan Puetz (13-2), and picked up his 11th stoppage in 13 career wins by scoring a TKO victory over Ante Delija.
In a lightweight bout, 27-year-old Chechen fighter Mairbek Taisumov (24-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) looks his fourth straight UFC victory when he meets Denmark-based Damir Hadzovic (10-2 MMA, 0-0), a 29-year-old Cage Warriors vet who’s riding a six-fight winning streak.
In welterweight action, 27-year-old Serbian fighter Bojan Velickovic (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who’s won four straight RFA fights, takes on undefeated 26-year-old Italian fighter and fellow newcomer Alessio Di Chirico (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has eight stoppages in nine career wins.
The latest UFC Fight Night 86 card includes:
UFC FN 86 – Zagreb
Igor Pokrajac vs. Jan Blachowicz
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihalović
Bojan Veličković vs. Alessio Di Chirico
Filip Pejić vs. Damian Stasiak
Damir Hadžović vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Marcin Tybura vs. Timothy Johnson