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Undefeated Prospect Nyamjargal Tumendemberel Set for Short-Notice Debut at UFC 302



Undefeated flyweight Nyamjargal Tumendemberel will make his promotional debut at UFC 302 on June 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Tumendemberel (8-0) will take on undefeated Brazilian prospect Andre Lima (8-0), replacing undefeated South Korean Hyun Sung Park (9-0) on a month’s notice. The news was first reported by Eurosport NL's Marcel Dorff in a post to X (formerly known as Twitter).

The winner of Road to UFC 1 in the flyweight bracket, Park was forced out of the fight due to a ruptured knee ligament suffered in training. “Peace of Mind” provided footage of the incident along with on explanation via Instagram.

“During sparring in preparation for UFC 302, I collided with a colleague who was training with me from an unseen angle, and my knee was pushed inward excessively, causing the inner ligament of my right knee to rupture, so I was unable to participate in UFC 302,” Park wrote (via Google Translate). “I apologize to everyone who helped me with this match.”

Tumendemberel was a reserve on Road on to UFC Season 2, where he earned a split-decision win over Thanongsaklek Chuwattana and choked out Peter Danesoe. The Mongolian’s performances were impressive enough for the promotion to sign him back in February. Tumendemberel is the second Mongolian fighter to sign with the promotion after Danaa Batgerel.

Meanwhile, Lima earned his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract with a unanimous decision win over Rickson Thai Zenidim Bueno on Dana White’s Contender Series in October 2023. “Mascote” made his UFC debut against fellow Brazilian Contender Series graduate Igor da Silva this past March. The two were putting on quite a show before Silva bit Lima during a clinch exchange, leading to a disqualification and Silva’s immediate release from the Las Vegas-based promotion.

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