16 Oct [MMA] 
With Raulian Paiva out, Zhalgas Zhumagulov steps in to face Amir Albazi at UFC's Nov. 28 event

Amir Albazi has a new opponent, and he’ll go from A to Z in November.

With Raulian Paiva (20-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) out of UFC on ESPN+ 39 later this month, Albazi (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) now is set to take on Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at flyweight at the UFC’s Nov. 28 event. Albazi announced the new booking and date on social media Friday. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement.

The UFC’s Nov. 28 event takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card is expected to air and stream on a combination of ESPN and ESPN+. In a statistical oddity, the new booking is between a fighter whose first and last names begin with A, and one whose first and last names begin with Z.

Zhumagulov will be looking to rebound from, coincidentally, a loss to Paiva at UFC 251 in July. The unanimous decision setback snapped a four-fight winning streak that included two flyweight title bout wins for Fight Nights Global.

Albazi will bring a two-fight winning streak into the bout, including a first-round submission win over Malcolm Gordon in his UFC debut in July. The London-based fighter has 12 of his 13 career wins by stoppage.

Paiva was looking to extend a modest two-fight winning streak that came on the heels of losses in his first two UFC bouts. He knocked out Mark De La Rosa in February at UFC on ESPN+ 25 and had the aforementioned decision win over Zhumagulov in July. But now his quest for three in a row is on hold.

With the addition, the UFC’s Nov. 28 lineup now includes:

Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis Jonathan Pearce vs. Sean Woodson Norma Dumont vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith Josh Parisian vs. Parker Porter Gina Mazany vs. Rachael Ostovich Malcolm Gordon vs. Su Mudaerji Rafael Fiziev vs. Renato Moicano Devin Clark vs. Anthony Smith Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov