It's official, today we learned the name of the first opponent of Ali Bagautinov.
Ali Bagautinov meets brazilian TUF veteran Marcos Vinicius at UFC on FS1 #3 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil on Sep 04, 2013.
Marcos "Vina" Vinicius (20-5-1) entered the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and made his official UFC debut last year at UFC 147. He was his debut by knockout against Wagner Campos and won the knockout of the night bonus. He returned at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale and lost to Johnny Bedford by knockout in the second round. It was his first lost since 2010 and snapped a four fight win streak.
Bagautinov (10-2) is currently on a eight fight winning streak and he was recently the Fight Nights flyweight champion. His last two victories have come by knockout in the first round and both of those victories came in under thirty second.
"I'm pleased to recognize the name of my first opponent in UFC. He is not an easy guy to fight against, he is a puncher like me so it will be interesting.
I signed and became part with the most powerful promotion company in the world UFC, and I'm willing to fight against the strongest contenders.
I am not afraid that my next fight will take place on my opponent's home territory. I will prepare well and prove a worthy competitor. No other way." - Said Ali Bagautinov
The event will be headlined by a five round light heavyweight bout as Glover Teixeira facing Ryan Bader.
The current Fight card of UFC on FS1 #3 is below:
Glover Teixeira (21-2) vs. Ryan Bader (15-3)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (18-3, 1NC) vs. Yushin Okami (30-7)
Joseph Benavidez (18-3) vs. Jussier Formiga (15-2)
Sean Spencer (9-2) vs. Yuri Villefort (6-2)
Godofredo Pepey (9-2) vs. Sam Sicilia (11-3)
Marcos Vinicius (20-4-1) vs. Ali Bagautinov (10-2)