Maxim Grishin will waste no time getting back to work, and will return to the UFC octagon in June.
First reported by MMA Junkie, the Russian will return to action against Ovince Saint Preux on June 26 at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event. Grishin later confirmed the bout via social media.
Grishin (31-9-2) won’t let his recent loss to Dustin Jacoby keep him down, as he jumps right back into camp. Grishin lost a very close decision to Jacoby last weekend at UFC Vegas 20. The Russian was not happy with the outcome as he posted a picture of the fight stats on his Instagram and included the caption, “‘I’ll just leave it here! Official statistics of UFC.” Before his most recent loss, he had finished Gadzhimurad Antigulov in his UFC light heavyweight debut last October.
Former light heavyweight title challenger Saint Preux (25-15) hasn’t had the best stretch of fights in the past few years. Since going on his three-fight win streak in 2017, Saint Preux has alternated wins and losses. He went 1-2 in 2020, which included his unsuccessful heavyweight debut against Ben Rothwell. The Tennessee native rebounded by knocking Alonzo Menifield unconscious in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 9 last September. OSP would end the year on a loss when prospect Jamahal Hill finished him via strikes in the second round — the first time Saint Preux had been finished via TKO since 2016.
No other fights have been reported for the June 26 fight card as of yet.