Execs at Russia’s Fight Nights Global are prepping for a busy weekend with a pair of events on the books this weekend.
On Friday, the promotion visits Omsk Arena in Amsk for “Fight Nights Global 81: Matmuratov vs. Ignatiev,” while the next night the company shifts to Moscow’s Russia Hall for “Fight Nights Global 82: Minakov vs. Johnson.”
Fight Nights Global 82 is expected to be distributed shortly after its completion via video on demand at UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event of Friday’s Fight Nights Global 81 event, featherweight champ Alexander Matmuratov (8-3) puts his title on the line against Evgeniy Ignatiev (10-1-2). Meanwhile, Saturday’s Fight Nights Global 82 event features a heavyweight clash between former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov (20-0) against Bellator and ONE Championship veteran Tony Johnson (11-3).
Minakov last appeared in a Bellator cage in 2014 but has since gone 6-0 while competing under the Fight Nights Global banner, which was previously knows as Eurasia Fight Nights. Minakov’s most recent win took place in June, when he scored a second-round knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Meanwhile, Johnson fights for the second time under the Fight Nights Global banner after debuting for the promotion in June and needing just 80 seconds to dispatch of Magomedbag Agaev.
The full cards for both nights currently include:
Fight Nights Global 81
- Champ Alexander Matmuratov vs. Evgeniy Ignatiev – for featherweight title
- Marina Mokhnatkina vs. Karine Silva
- Akhmed Balkizov vs. TBA
- Nikita Baltabaev vs. Nauruz Dzamikhov
- Mariya Artyukhina vs. Julia Borisova
- Furqan Gozachik vs. TBA
- Murad Magomedov vs. Daniyar Zhantemirov
- Said Samadov vs. Alexey Shurkevich
- Sultan Gizatulin vs. Makhach Hvadzhaev
- Petr Peretyatko vs. Alexander Podmarev
Fight Nights Global 82
- Vitaly Minakov vs. Tony Johnson
- Vener Galiev vs. Nikolay Gaponov
- Shamil Akhmedov vs. Artur Astakhov
- Alexandr Shabliy vs. Miroslav Strbak
- Khalid Murtazaliev vs. Gzegorz Siwy
- Aigun Akhmedov vs. Valdir Araujo
- Dmitry Bikrev vs. Asif Tagiev
- Robert Oganesyan vs. Vladimir Tyurin
- Mariya Agapova vs. Liliya Kazak
- Vadim Buseev vs. Nikita Mikhailov
- Safarbek Kurbanov vs. TBA
- Oleg Kubanov vs. Ismail Sagov
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Source: MMA Junkie