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Muhammad Mokaev Makes UFC Debut Against Cody Durden on March 19

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Flyweight prospect Muhammad Mokaev has the fight he was looking for in his upcoming UFC debut. According to a report from MMA Jukie, Mokaev will face Cody Durden on March 19 at a UFC event that is yet to be announced.

Muhammad Mokaev (5-0, 0-0 UFC) is a former IMMAF champion and most recently competed in Brave CF. Mokaev states that he is 30-0 overall though his Tapology page shows that he went 23-0 as an amateur between 2015 and 2020 before turning pro. Since his pro debut in August 2020, Mokaev has remained undefeated earning three stoppages in his five professional bouts and one exhibition victory.

Mokaev signed with the UFC in mid-November and since then, has made it a goal to become the youngest UFC champion in the promotion’s history. I’m really excited, but this is not my final destination,” Mokaev said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “This is part of my journey to become the greatest so my dream is to become the youngest UFC champion. I”m excited but at the same time, it’s not my final destination.”

At 21 years old, that gives Mokaev roughly two years to break the record set by Jon Jones when he won the UFC’s light heavyweight title at 23 years old. Mokaev said that his 2022 goals are to be “top five and be a contender for the title fight.” First, he’ll have to get through Cody Durden.

Cody Durden (12-3-1, 1-1-1 UFC) made his UFC debut in August 2020 against Chris Gutierrez. The bout was ruled a unanimous draw. Durden followed that up with a loss to Jimmy Flick, but bounced back in November with a win over Aoriqileng. However it was Durden’s post-fight antics that garnered the most attention.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

During the post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier, Durden said that he would send Aoriqileng “back to China where he came from.” The comment was immediately condemned by the live crowd, the commentary team, and scores of fans on Twitter. An article written in November detailed Durden’s history of sinophobia and prejudice over the years on social media. 

Mokaev took to Twitter to express his displeasure with Durden’s post-fight statement. “I don’t like Cody Durden racist comment in his interview. Should I smash this guy for my UFC debut?” Mokaev will get his chance to do just that on March 19. 

The UFC event on March 19 has not been officially announced by the promotion, but bouts anticipated for the Fight Night card include:

  • Francisco Figueiredo vs. Jake Hadley
  • Luana Carolina vs. Molly McCann
  • Cody Durden vs. Muhammad Mokaev

No venue, locator or commentary team has been announced for the event at this time. Card is subject to change.

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