Having fought one and trained with the other, that’s a tough one https://t.co/nvdan2zR54— Nohelin Hernandez (@suave_135) November 18, 2021
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A crucial battle between unbeaten Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight prospects has been booked for March.
One fighter will suffer their first career defeat at the UFC Fight Night event on March 19. Cageside Press first broke the news of the booking between Jack Shore (15-0) and Umar Nurmagomedov (13-0) on Thursday. The matchup has since been confirmed by Nurmagomedov on his Instagram on Friday.
Wales’ Shore has won all four of his UFC appearances since debuting in 2019 against Nohelin Hernandez. The former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bantamweight king made a statement by submitting Hernandez, and then going on to tap Aaron Phillips with the same maneuver of rear-naked choke in July 2020. A pair of decision victories over Hunter Azure and Liudvik Sholinian in 2021 further bolstered the resume of “Tank,” who celebrates an 80% career finish rate coming into this meeting.
Just like his opponent, Nurmagomedov has yet to lose in his pro career, with his UFC debut going his way in January. Coming off of appearances in Professional Fighters League and Gorilla Fighting, Nurmagomedov put highly touted Kazakh talent Sergey Morozov to sleep with a rear-naked choke midway through the second frame. In his last four outings dating back to 2019, the Dagestan native has hit three such chokes along the way.
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