The UFC’s return to the Netherlands has started to build with the reported addition of a trio of bouts.
According to reports from Dutch news outlet MMADNA.nl, the UFC’s “Fight Night” event in Rotterdam in September will feature Desmond Green (20-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Rustam Khabilov (21-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Islam Makhachev (14-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Michel Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at lightweight, plus Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Bojan Mihajlovic (10-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at light heavyweight.
The UFC’s “Fight Night” event in Rotterdam in the Netherlands takes place Sept. 2 and is expected to stream in full on UFC Fight Pass. The card is headlined by Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov.
Green, a Bellator veteran and former Titan FC featherweight champion, made his promotional debut earlier this year against Josh Emmett at UFC 210 in Buffalo and took a split decision, giving him five straight wins. His most recent loss came in September 2015, when he was outpointed by Andre Harrison in an attempt to reclaim Titan’s 145-pound title.
After starting 3-0 in his UFC tenure with wins over Vinc Pichel, Yancy Medeiros and a “Fight of the Night” decision over Jorge Masvidal, Khabilov dropped two straight for the first time in his career. He was submitted by Benson Henderson in the UFC Fight Night 42 main event, then lost a split call to Adriano Martins. But since then, he has bounced back with four straight unanimous decision victories over Norman Parke, Chris Wade, Leandro Silva and most recently Jason Saggo at UFC 206 this past December – though Khabilov missed weight for that fight.
Makhachev has won back-to-back fights since suffering the lone loss of his pro career, a knockout against Adriano Martins at UFC 192. In his lone fight of 2016, he took a decision from Wade in Texas. And at UFC 208 in February, he cruised past Nik Lentz, including a pair of 30-25 scores.
Brazil’s Prazeres has won four straight and six of his past seven. Five of those six wins have come by decision against Jesse Ronson, Mairbek Taisumov, Valmir Lazaro, J.C. Cottrell and Gilbert Burns. But in March, he picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus for a north-south choke submission of Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 106.
Serbia’s Mihajlovic is in need of a rebound after dropping his first two fights in the UFC. He faced a tough test in his promotional debut at UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago nearly a year ago and was knocked out by Francis Ngannou in 94 seconds. At UFC Fight Night 103 in January, he was stopped by a Joachim Christensen TKO in the third round. Mihajlovic had come to the UFC on a 10-fight winning streak on the heels of an 0-3 start to his pro career.
Edilov will make his UFC debut on the strength of a 10-fight winning streak that five rear-naked choke stoppages and five TKOs. The 25-year-old Russian has 15 finishes in his 16 career wins with a near-perfect split of eight knockouts and seven submissions. He hasn’t lost in more than four years.
With the additions, UFC “Fight Night” in Rotterdam now includes:
- Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
- Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
- Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
- Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic