UFC: David Zawada vs. Sergey Khandozhko Booked for September 4

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 17: (L-R) David Zawada of Germany kicks Ramazan Emeev of Russia in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The UFC has added some European flavor to its September 4 event — where ever it might be.

On Wednesday, MMA DNA was first to report that David Zawada would face Sergey Khandozhko at the Fight Night event, originally anticipated to be the UFC’s return to the U.K. While no official announcement was made, the date seemed like a lock — however, reports have begun to circulate that the card may shift to Las Vegas, at the UFC Apex, thanks to logistical complications brought about by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the emerging delta variant.

In any case, Zawada confirmed the booking on social media following the initial report.

Germany’s Zawada (17-6), a KSW alum, last competed in January on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, losing a split decision opposite Ramazan Emeev. Prior to that setback, Zawada had spoiled the debut of Abubakar Nurmagomedov, earning a Performance of the Night bonus for his triangle submission win.

Khandozhko (27-6-1) will be looking for his second win inside the octagon this September. He enters the fight off a loss to Rustam Khabilov, back in 2019. Prior to that, he’d won his debut against Rostem Akman.

The Russian fighter had been expected to face Nicolas Dalby in June, but was forced out of that contest due to injury.

The UFC’s September 4 event is expected to be headlined by middleweights Derek Brunson and Darren Till.