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UFC 254: Who is bantamweight prospect Sergey Morozov?

Get an introduction to Sergey Morozov, who is a backup fighter for his UFC debut on Saturday from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

Sergey Morozov is the UFC’s latest addition to the bantamweight division and was scheduled to compete in the UFC 254 preliminary card from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Morozov is the backup fighter for Casey Kenny vs. Nathanial Wood, which will also take place on the prelims.

Morozov enters the UFC with a 16-4 record and has finished three of his last five opponents by KO/TKO, as two came inside of the first round. Notable wins include avenging a loss to Josh Rettinghouse, plus Bakytbek Duishobaev and Zaka Fatullazade. Morozov has competed in M-1 Global Challenge for five years and will look to capture his first taste of the big show when he makes his Octagon debut.

Throughout his career thus far, Morozov has been prone to finish fights rather quickly. In 16 appearances, Morozov has 11 stoppage victories, though his primary method of finish is KO/TKO. He has only seen a fifth-round once and rarely takes a fight to the scorecards.

Morozov’s last loss came in February 2018 against Movsar Evloev by third-round rear-naked choke. Since the defeat, Morozov, who trains out of Erkin Kush, has gone over two years without a loss and looks to keep his winning streak alive after signing with the promotion.

Umar Nurmagomedov was scheduled to face Sergey Morzov as his debut opponent.

Urmar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of UFC lightweight champion and main event participant Khabib Nurmagomedov, was pulled from the card because of a staph infection. At press time, Morozov tipped the scales at 139.5 pounds.

The pay-per-view event is the final event during a five-week stretch on Fight Island before the promotion returns stateside to close out 2020 in Las Vegas. There is an event every weekend until December 19, including another batch of Dana White’s Contender Series, shows starting Nov. 3.

UFC 254 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is cageside for the event, for all your live news and highlights.