UFC: Jeff Molina vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov Booked for June 4

Jeff Molina, UFC 261
Jeff Molina, UFC 261 Official Weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The UFC has booked a men’s flyweight fight between Jeff Molina and Zhalgas Zhumagulov for early June.

Molina (10-2) and Zhumagulov (14-6) will face off on the promotion’s June 4, 2022 Fight Night card. Iridium Sports Agency was first to announce the news, which Molina later confirmed.

The fight will see the 125lb pair competing under very different circumstances.

After winning his way into the promotion on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020, Molina has seen his hand raised in his first two excursions inside the octagon. For his promotional debut, Molina was paired up with Qileng Aori; the American would go on to win a unanimous decision.

In his sophomore outing, Molina finished Daniel da Silva with strikes in the second round.

Zhumagulov on the other hand has gone 1-3 through his four bouts in the promotion to date. Most recently, he was finished by former RIZIN Fighting Federation champ Manel Kape. The Kazakh fighter’s lone win came against Jerome Rivera last year.

Prior to arriving on the big stage, Zhumagulov captured the Fight Nights Global flyweight championship.

Reported for the UFC’s June 4, 2022 Fight Night event thus far are the following fights:

  • Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Karine Silva
  • Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ode Osbourne
  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jeff Molina