Jared Gooden, an experienced veteran, will take the place of Abubakar Nurmagomedov in their welterweight matchup this Saturday against Carlston Harris. Through his three fights in the promotion so far, Khabib’s younger cousin has seen an odd run.
The Russian, who recently joined the organization after a less-than-stellar stint with the PFL, struggled to adjust to life in the octagon at first, but he has since found his footing and has put together a winning streak.
The most recent fight for Nurmagomedov took place on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at UFC 280 against Gadzhi Omargadzhiev. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev lost against Abubakar Nurmagomedov by Decision in the Welterweight class at 5:00 in Round 3.
With 6 knockouts, 4 submissions, and 7 decisions, Abubakar Nurmagomedov has 17 victories with a 59% completion rate.
Jared Gooden will be required to step in for Abubakar Nurmagomedov, it was announced on March 8, 2023. On March 11, he’ll take on the tough and highly well-rounded Carlston Harris.
Mocambique wants to turn things around after suffering his first UFC defeat at the hands of up-and-coming star Shavkat Rakhmonov in his previous fight. Although the 35-year-old showed promise in his first two appearances in the octagon, it has been more than a year since he lost to the Kazakh and hasn’t since returned to the sport.
Gooden was expelled from the UFC and forced to establish a name for himself in the local scene after dropping three of his last four fights. ‘Nite Train’ has earned a second chance with the organisation, although on short notice, after earning victories in Jorge Masvidal’s iKon FC, XMMA, NFC, and most recently the UFL.
He has a victory over Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who he will replace after their encounter at UFC 260 almost two years ago. For the pay-per-view card’s preliminary matches, the two faced off against Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic.
Carlston Harris participates in the welterweight division of the UFC. Beginning on May 8, 2021, he entered the Octagon. Carlston Harris has a pro record of 17-5-0 as of March 2023. Five of those victories were obtained via knockout, five via submission, and the remaining three via decision. In his most recent fight, Harris defeated Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC Fight Night 200: Hermansson vs. Strickland. Harris has competed in over 22 professional MMA matches. February 5, 2022, was the day of the combat. In the first round at 4:10, Carlston Harris was defeated by KO (punches and a spinning hook kick).
How does the schedule look without Abubakar Nurmagomedov for UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili?
Abubakar’s bout with Carlston Harris, although being on a winning streak and featuring the well-known Nurmagomedov name, may not have been the main draw of the event.
In the main event, Petr Yan will face Merab Dvalishvili with the hope of forcing his way back into title contention after two contentious decision losses.
The main focus of the co-headliner is a passionate rivalry between Alexander Volkov and Alexander Romanov. On March 11, Ryan Spann and Nikita Krylov’s rescheduled light heavyweight match will take place.
UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili will feature a seasoned showdown between Raphael Assuncao and Davey Grant, an entertaining contest between Ricardo Ramos and Austin Lingo, and Sedriques Dumas’ eagerly anticipated professional debut.