UFC 169 Gets Tony Martin-Rashid Magomedov, Neil Magny-Gasan Umalatov

By Mike Whitman Dec 17, 2013
Tony Martin will make his Octagon debut at UFC 169. | TJ DeSantis/Sherdog.com

Two new contests have been added to the developing UFC 169 fight bill, as Tony Martin will face Rashid Magomedov at lightweight while Neil Magny meets Gasan Umalatov at 170 pounds.

UFC officials Tuesday revealed the pairings, which take place Feb. 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. UFC 169 airs live on pay-per-view and is topped by a pair of title bouts, culminating with a bantamweight championship unification match between interim king Renan Barao and returning belt holder Dominick Cruz.

Unbeaten as a pro, Martin posted three victories in 2013, starting with a majority decision win over UFC veteran Phillipe Nover in January. The Minnesotan was last seen on Sept. 14, when he submitted fellow prospect Thomas Gifford with a second-round keylock.

The reigning M-1 Global welterweight champion, Magomedov rides an eight-fight winning streak into his Octagon debut, most recently defending his title against Alexander Yakovlev one month ago at M-1 Challenge 35.

Magny, 26, has suffered consecutive defeats after beginning his Octagon career with a victory over fellow “TUF 16” alum Jon Manley, submitting to a Sergio Moraes triangle choke in August before dropping a unanimous verdict to Seth Baczynski on Nov. 6.

Umalatov has won eight of his last nine fights, with his lone loss in that span coming via split decision last year. “Cobra” most recently competed in June, scoring a unanimous decision over Gregor Herb within the Russia-based Fight Nights promotion.


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