Adlan Amagov will make his Octagon debut Saturday night against Chris Spang at UFC on FUEL TV: Gustafsson vs. Mousasi.

Amagov, who owns an 11-2-1 record, went 3-1 fighting for Strikeforce. The Russian believes more fighters from his native country will be entering both the UFC and Bellator – and having more and more success.

“There are a lot of talented Russian fighters who were unknown for quite some time,” Amagov said, in a recent interview with FightLine. “A lot more fighters will come to the UFC and Bellator, thanks to my manager Sam Kardan.”

Amagov’s last loss was to Robbie Lawler, but he rebounded late in 2012 to stop Keith Berry. Now, after starting his career at light heavyweight, he’ll make his debut at 170 pounds vs. Spang, another fellow Strikeforce import.

“I think that welterweight is the right place for me as I was always under weight while fighting in light heavyweight and middleweight,” he said. “I usually weight around 190, so I never cut much for middleweight. My coaches (Greg) Jackson and (Mike) Winkeljohn, as well as management team, have suggested 170 for a while. I think it’s the right place for me.”

Amagov was always a smaller 205-pounder and even 185-pounder, so welterweight could be an ideal spot for him – though the division is packed with talented fighters right now.

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