UFC 266: Who is Nick Maximov?


Get to know Diaz Academy product, Nick Maximov, ahead of his UFC debut.

Nick Maximov is one of two UFC fighters making their debuts on the stacked UFC 266 event, which includes two championship fights and the return of Nick Diaz. Diaz will face Robbie Lawler in a rematch that has been in the works for 17 years.

Diaz’s teammate, Maximov, is making his UFC debut after only six pro MMA fights, as fate would have it. With two KO/TKO victories and three submission victories under his belt, he has won all but one of his fights by stoppage.

His most recent victory occurred in week 10 of Dana White’s Contender Series season 4 against Oscar Cole, when he went up in weight and won a unanimous decision. Maximov was finally invited to TUF 29, but instead chose to sign with the UFC straight.

Who is Cody Brundage?

He’ll be facing Cody Brundage, a fellow DWCS alumnus who is filling in for Karl Roberson after the latter was forced to withdraw due to unexplained medical difficulties. The battle will take place during the second fight of the preliminary section of the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. ET on ESPNNews and ESPN+.

Brundage enters the fight with a 6-1 record, having swiftly established himself as one of Michigan’s top prospects. In February, he returned to the LFA after losing in the DWCS to William Knight by submitting Joseph Kropschot with an arm-triangle choke in the third round. It was his second submission victory, and both came by the same means.

Brundage has beaten Josh Krizan (twice) and Erick Lozano (twice) so far in his career. Will Maximov live up to the hype, or will Brundage seize his second chance in the UFC? Saturday night, the rest of the world will find out.

On Saturday, September 25, UFC 266 will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. FanSided MMA will be on-site to bring you all the latest news and highlights.

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