Des Green vs. Mairbek Taisumov Added to UFC Moscow

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‘The Predator’ will be headed to Russia, as Des Green is set to face Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Moscow next month.

The pieces continue to fall into place for the UFC’s march on Moscow. The promotion’s Russian debut will feature lightweight action between Des Green and Mairbek Taisumov, UFC officials announced on Tuesday. It’s a stiff test for Green, who will be taking on the Russian-born Austrian in enemy territory at UFC Moscow.

Taisumov (27-5) is in the midst of a fantastic run at 155lbs, having won five straight, and six of seven overall in the UFC. His last three fights have all seen him capture Performance of the Night awards. In that span, he’s finished Alan Patrick, Damir Hadžović, and Felipe Silva. All of his last five victories, in fact, have been finishes, all via KO or TKO.

Des Green (21-7), meanwhile, snapped a two-fight losing streak when he battled Gleison Tibau to a unanimous decision at UFC Utica in June. Green joined the UFC in April of last year, winning his debut against Josh Emmett at UFC 210. Prior to that, he’d served as the Titan FC featherweight champion. Green previously competed for Bellator MMA.

UFC Moscow (UFC Fight Night 136) takes place September 15 at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia.