UFC 294 Muhammad Mokaev geared up to unveil Octagon comeback 2.0

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UFC 294: Muhammad Mokaev geared up to unveil Octagon comeback 2.0

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Muhammad Mokaev eagerly anticipated his return to the octagon, targeting UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi. The emerging flyweight, recovering from a recent knee injury sustained in his win against Jafel Filho in March, is keen to extend his perfect UFC career record to five wins at the Etihad Arena.

His upcoming bout at UFC 294, against 10th-ranked Tim Elliott, promises to be his toughest challenge yet, though Mokaev is the clear favorite. The Manchester fighter can count on significant support in Abu Dhabi, drawing from his previous experience in the capital, where he defeated Malcolm Gordon by submission at UFC 280.

Mokaev expressed his excitement about returning to Abu Dhabi, where he enjoys strong fan support, and his determination to fight in this event. Despite concerns about his injury recovery, he insisted on being part of this show.

Mokaev, affiliated with KHK MMA, returned to Bahrain to prepare for UFC 294, acknowledging the climatic advantages of the Gulf region. He emphasized the importance of arriving early for acclimatization.

With an impressive record of 10 wins, no losses, and one no contest, Mokaev is a highly-regarded prospect in MMA. He emphasized his improvement in overall skills and strength conditioning, promising a revamped version of himself, Mokaev 2.0.

Mokaev’s fight with Elliott is set to headline the preliminary card, leading up to the main event featuring Islam Makhachev’s lightweight title defense against flyweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. This rematch follows their thrilling first fight at UFC 284 in Perth in February.

Makhachev was initially slated to rematch Charles Oliveira but had to change plans after Oliveira’s injury. UFC 294 will also feature former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman making his middleweight debut against the promising Khamzat Chimaev, following Paulo Costa’s withdrawal due to injury.

Reference

https://www.thenationalnews.com/sport/combat-sports/2023/10/17/ufc-294-muhammad-mokaev-ready-to-show-20-version-on-return-to-octagon/

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