Former PFL standout and Bellator MMA lightweight Islam Mamedov has been granted permission to take a fight under coach and mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC banner.
Mamedov (20-2-1) will face UFC and BKFC vet Yosdenis Cedeno (11-7-1) at Eagle FC 47 on May 20. News of the booking was first reported by The Underground’s John Morgan.
Bellator MMA officials subsequently confirmed to Cageside Press that Mamedov remains under contract with them, and had been granted permission to take a fight outside the promotion.
Dagestan’s Mamedov was last in action in January at Bellator 273, where he wound up on the wrong side of a split decision against former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson. The loss was Mamedov’s first since 2009.
Cedeno has not competed in MMA since 2019, and has lost four of his last six fights. He fought to a draw against Jason Novelli in 2016, and notched his lone win in that span against Pedro Gomes in July 2018.
In BKFC, Cedeno, a.k.a. “Pink Panther,” has posted a 2-0 record. In the UFC, from 2014 through the following year, he went 1-3 inside the octagon.
Eagle FC 47 takes place on May 20, 2022 at the FLXcast Arena in Miami, Florida, and streams live on the FLXcast App. The following bouts have been reported for the event:
- Junior Dos Santos vs. Yorgan De Castro
- Hector Lombard vs. Thiago Silva
- Alexandre Almeida vs. Roosevelt Roberts
- Jason Knight vs. Josenaldo Silva
- Maki Pitolo vs. Doug Usher
- Dennis Hughes Jr. vs. Dylan Mantello
- Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Islam Mamedov