Report: FNG Releases Nikita Krylov, Clearing Way For UFC Return


Nikita Krylov exited the UFC over a year ago after suffering a first round submission loss to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206.

The fighter has since moved onto the Fight Night Global promotion, where he would win the organizations light heavyweight title. FNG has since released the fighter so he can negotiate with the UFC, possibly competing at UFC Fight Night Moscow this September.

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“Krylov’s contract is up in August and the UFC is coming to Russia on September 15th,” Krylov’s manager in Kamil Gadzhiev said to MMA Fighting“As a result of that, [Krylov’s] management contacted Fight Nights Global and asked for a release so they could negotiate a deal for him for September. As his contract was up in August, Fight Nights Global did not want to prevent Krylov from fighting in the UFC in Russia, so he has been released to allow him to negotiate.”

Krylov went 6-3-0 in his initial run in the UFC and has been undefeated since exiting the promotion.

Gadzhiev says Krylov would be happy to re-sign with FNG if a deal with the UFC doesn’t come together.

“If Krylov doesn’t reach an agreement with the UFC, Fight Nights Global would be more than happy to re-sign him for another term,” he said.

UFC Fight Night Moscow takes place on Saturday, September 15 from the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia with Alexei Oleinik and Mark Hunt headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

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