Sultan Aliev, Hyun Gyu Lim to Meet at UFC 202

By Mike Sloan Jun 22, 2016

Ultimate Fighting Championship officials updated its event page for UFC 202 Wednesday afternoon, adding a welterweight showdown between Sultan Aliev and Hyun Gyu Lim.

An Octagon veteran since 2013, Lim is in desperate need of a victory when he takes on Aliev. The South Korean is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 66 in May 2015 and has dropped two of his last three overall. “The Ace” had become a fan favorite due to his free-swinging knockout style and was supposed to take on Dominique Steele in November, but Lim had to withdraw from the bout.

After losing to Doug Marshall in the Bellator MMA cage in 2013, Russia’s Aliev rattled off four straight wins in smaller organizations, with all of his victories coming via knockout. His winning streak garnered him a contract with the UFC, but Aliev was unsuccessful in his Octagonal debut, losing via first-round knockout to Kenny Robertson at UFC on Fox 14 almost 18 months ago. He hasn’t fought since.

UFC 202 will take place on Aug. 20 in Las Vegas at the new T-Mobile Arena. The marquee is headlined by the rematch between reigning featherweight champion Conor McGregor and the man who submitted him at UFC 196, Nate Diaz.

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