Azamat Murzakanov Set for Octagon Debut vs. Philipe Lins at UFC on ESPN 31

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 16, 2021


Azamat Murzakanov will make his promotional debut against Philipe Lins in a light heavyweight bout at UFC on ESPN 31.

VestnikMMA first brought word of the matchup. UFC on ESPN 31 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Dec. 4 and is headlined by a bantamweight tilt between Jose Aldo and Rob Font.

Murzakanov is coming off a contract-winning appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series, when he defeated Matheus Scheffel via first-round TKO on Aug. 31. The 35-year-old Russian is 10-0 is a professional, with notable wins over the likes of Guto Inocente and Andre Muniz.

Lins, a former Professional Fighters League heavyweight champion, will be making his 205-pound debut. The 36-year-old went 0-2 in UFC competition in 2020, falling to Andrei Arlovski and Tanner Boser. Since then, he has had proposed bouts against Ovince St. Preux, Ben Rothwell and Don’Tale Mayes fall through for various reasons.

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