Muhammad Mokaev will put his undefeated record on the line against Cody Durdan when he makes his UFC debut in March.
The British fighter, who has a professional record of six wins in six competitions, takes on American Durdan (12-3-1) in a flyweight clash on the UFC London undercard show at the O2 Arena on Saturday March 19.
The fight marks the final step on the road for the 21-year-old, who was born in Dagestan and came to the UK as a refugee aged 12.
And having made it to the UFC, he has no intention of letting go anymore.
“It’s not my last achievement,” Mokaev told Sky Sports in December. My latest achievement is the UFC belt. For now, I’m still chasing my dream. It’s not enough to sign for the UFC. I have to bring the results.
“I always knew, since I was little… I knew I was going to get there. But it’s not enough to get there, [enjoy] all the hype and then get beat up. I want to make a statement.
“I want to show the younger generation that you can succeed from nothing, without huge support. Just because of your hard work.”
The card marks the UFC’s return to London after a three-year absence, with the main event featuring British fighter Tom Aspinall taking on Russian Alexander Volkov in a heavyweight contest.
Tickets for UFC London will go on general sale at 10am GMT on Friday, February 4 via AXS and Ticketmaster.
Fight Club and The O2 Priority members can purchase tickets from Wednesday, February 2 at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. GMT, respectively, while newsletter subscribers and those who register interest can get early access to tickets from Thursday. February 3 at 10 a.m. GMT. Sign up via UFC.com/London to stay up to date with the latest ticketing information.