The upcoming season of the Contender Series is about to get some more international flavor, as Russia’s Ramazan Kuramagomedov will face American Jordan Williams.
This season on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, the UFC has been targeting international fighters more so than just US-based athletes. They have booked fighters from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, and more to date. That trend is set to continue. Sources confirm to Cageside Press that Russia’s Ramazan Kuramagomedov will take on American Jordan Williams in a middleweight clash on July 23.
Williams competed last season on the Contender Series against Tim Caron. He beat Caron but wasn’t awarded a contract in the end. The win was also switched to a no contest when Williams tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
Williams has only fought once since the Contender Series. He competed just last month on the Bellator 220 card and won by TKO in round three. In the last five years, Williams has only one loss which is to current UFC fighter Dwight Grant.
The Russian-born Kuramagomedov has a pro record of 4-0. Kuramagomedov is a 2x Russian Cup Champion. He also trains with a legit top camp in Jackson Wink MMA.
Kuramagomedov has fought in Russia, Dubai, and Germany, with his last fight coming in the US. That was for the PFL, where he beat a good prospect in Robert Hale.
Williams was originally supposed to take on Christian Savoie, but Savoie opted instead to stay at 170lbs. The plan is to get him rebooked.