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Report: Shamil Abdurakhimov makes UFC return against Chris Daukaus in July

A heavyweight fight between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Chris Daukaus has been added to the UFC’s Fight Night event on July 24th.

Shamil Abdurakhimov before facing Curtis Blyades at UFC 242
Shamil Abdurakhimov before facing Curtis Blyades at UFC 242
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Little has been heard from Shamil Abdurakhimov in the last two years, but it seems the heavyweight will return to the octagon this July to face Chris Daukaus at a Fight Night event. first reported the fight announcement, though the UFC is yet to confirm the news. The July 24th event is expected to be headlined by a bantamweight fight between Cory Sandhagen and the former champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Abdurakhimov (20-5) was booked to fight Ciryl Gane four times in 2020, but injuries and undisclosed pullouts meant the fight never materialized. Abdurakhimov’s bad luck continued when he was forced out of a fight Augusto Sakai earlier this month due to visa issues. The 39-year-old is without a win since defeating Marcin Tybura in April 2019.

Daukaus (11-3) made his UFC debut last August when he stopped Parker Porter on just nine days’ notice. The 31-year-old has since picked up consecutive performance bonuses, stopping both Rodrigo Nascimento and Aleksei Oleinik by first-round knockout.