Eduard Vartanyan: “The UFC said-let him be ready to come on as a substitute»

Having defeated Mukhamed Kokov in the last match under the current contract with the ACA League, Russian lightweight Eduard Vartanyan can make his debut under the banner of the largest MMA promotion in October.

“Yes, the UFC said-let him be ready to come on as a substitute,” Vartanyan said in an interview with Alexander Lyutikov. “Now there are a lot of withdrawals, and in principle, now in October all tournaments will be on Fight Island”

Vartanyan also noted that on short notice, he will be able to enter the fight only in the Welterweight category.

“On short notice, I won’t be able to do 70 kg. I am objective, so in October I can go to the fight in 77 kg»

“I am ready to fight with anyone – even with Khamzat Chimaev, even with Tyron Woodley, even with kamaru Usman. I need to prove myself,and this is not for a big word. Either sink or swim. Either with a shield or on a shield. What other options do I have? I don’t see the point in building a career. I’m not a prospect, and I’ve seen everything in this sport»

Recall that the UFC will begin the next series of events on Fight Island with the numbered UFC 253 tournament, which will be held on September 26. The main event of the show will be a Middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa.

Jared Cannonier is ready to come on as a substitute in the Adesanya-Costa match

On October 24 at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, Jared Cannonier is scheduled to enter a potential contender fight against Robert Whittaker, however, the UFC’s third-ranked Middleweight does not rule out returning to the octagon a month earlier.

According to the American fighter, he will be ready to come on as a substitute in the title fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa, if one of the participants of the match withdraws from the fight.

“I have a Challenger fight,” Cannonier said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “If I didn’t get a Challenger fight, I would have fought for the title. This is still possible at the moment»

“If something happens to one of these guys, I’ll be more than ready to come on as a substitute – that’s my plan. So now I’m preparing for September 26. I’ll be ready for that date. If it doesn’t happen, I will fight on October 24”

Recall that the Middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa will be the main event of the UFC 253 tournament, which will be held on September 26 in Abu Dhabi.