Phil Hawes is getting one other UFC tryout.

With verbal agreements in place, the promotion is near finalizing a middleweight bout between Hawes (7-2 MMA) and Khadzhi Bestaev for Dana White’s Contender Sequence, Season 4, Episode 6 on Sept. 8.

A number of individuals with information of the scenario knowledgeable MMA Junkie of the focusing on reserving however requested to stay nameless because the promotion has but to make an official announcement.

In 2016, Hawes, who was a 3-Zero skilled on the time, entered the nationwide highlight on Season 23 of “The Final Fighter.” Within the match entry spherical, Hawes misplaced a unanimous determination to eventual match winner Andrew Sanchez.

Regardless of the shedding effort, Hawes was swiftly picked up by WSOF, the place he went 1-1. In 2017, Hawes returned after 14 months away from motion. He was granted a possibility on DWCS, Season 1 in opposition to Julian Marquez. Hawes misplaced by second-round head kick.

Since then, Hawes has gone 3-0. In June 2019, Hawes made a triumphant Bellator debut with a first-round stoppage of Michael Wilcox. He then signed with Courageous CF, the place he received back-to-back fights by stoppage.

Bestaev (10-Three MMA), an American Kickboxing Academy workforce member, will likely be shifting all the way down to 185 kilos from mild heavyweight. At 6-foot-6, Bestaev will current a large middleweight body.

Over the span of 13 skilled fights, Bestaev has by no means seen the judges scorecards. He’s largely competed for the Gladiator Problem promotion since coming to the USA with two stops in LFA alongside the best way.

Bestaev profession wins are cut up with 5 knockouts and 5 submissions to his credit score.

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