We've got another fight announcement for the UFC's first ever trip to the German city of Hamburg. On Friday, the promotion officially announced a lightweight matchup between Rustam Khabilov and Reza Madadi. The event is slated to air on Saturday, September 6th.
Khabilov (19-3) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Chris Wade at UFC Rotterdam last month. The 29-year-old survived a 2nd round knockdown and rallied to take a tough victory over the Long Island prospect. Prior to that, the Dagestan fighter had beaten Norman Parke by unanimous decision at UFC London in February. Khabilov is best known for his powerful suplexes, which first gained notoriety after he knocked out Vinc Pichel in December 2012.
Madadi (14-4) rebounded from an underwhelming loss to Parke by getting a 3rd round knockout win against Yan Cabral on the same Rotterdam show. The Swede had been released from the UFC and out of competition for over 2 years after he was jailed on burglary charges. After he'd served his sentence, the UFC re-signed him last summer. The 37-year-old's best win is a come-from-behind submission finish against Michael Johnson in April 2013.
UFC Fight Night in Hamburg is headlined by heavyweight veterans Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett. The co-main event is a championship bout between light heavyweight king Ilir Latifi and Ryan Bader. All of the action will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.