Makhmud Muradov Replaces Andre Muniz to Fight Andrew Sanchez at UFC 257

Published 12/24/2020, 11:51 PM EST
Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Makhmud Muradov (red gloves) fights Trevor Smith (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Muniz has been forced out of his fight against Andrew Sanchez at UFC 257, and Makhmud Muradov has stepped in to replace him. The middleweight bout will take place at UFC 257.


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UFC has not officially confirmed this bout yet. But, Muradov took to his social media to post about it. The Uzbek fighter will finally return to the Octagon after four of his proposed bouts got canceled.


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In his last appearance at UFC on ESPN 7, Muradov knocked out Trevor Smith and subsequently earned the “Performance Of The Night” bonus. He holds an impressive record of 24-6 and is currently riding a 13 fight win streak. Muradov is a protege of Floyd Mayweather.

Andrew “El Dirte” Sanchez was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 23. He holds a professional record of 12-5. His last appearance was at UFC on ESPN+ 32, as he knocked out Wellington Turman. Sanchez also earned the “Performance Of The Night” bonus for that performance.

UFC 257 will be headlined by McGregor vs Poirier

The UFC 257 fight card will be headlined by an enticing lightweight clash between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. There are 11 bouts that have been confirmed for the first pay-per-view of the year.

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Eye

Amanda Ribas vs. Michelle Waterson

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares

Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan

Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola

Sergey Morozov vs. Umar Nurmagomedov

Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu

Marcin Prachnio vs. Khalil Rountree

Matheus Nicolau vs. TBA

Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez


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The card is not the most stacked, but with McGregor’s presence, it is bound to do more numbers and perhaps break a few more pay-per-view records.

The anticipation surrounding the return of “The Notorious” is high. Fans are more than excited to see Conor McGregor back, that too against a fan favorite like Dustin Poirier.

What do you make of the full UFC 257 fight card? Is Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier set to become an all-time classic? And who wins between Makhmud Muradov and Andrew Sanchez in their exciting middleweight match up? Let us know your thoughts below.


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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.