Godofredo Pepey faces Abdoul Abdouraguimov for Ares FC 170-pound title

    Former UFC fighter Godofredo Pepey will return to action for the first time in almost three years.

    Pepey (14-6-1) faces Abdoul Abdouraguimov (13-1) for the welterweight title in the main event of ARES FC 3, which takes place Feb. 3 at the Dome de Paris in France promotion officials today announced.

    Pepey, who fought the majority of his career at featherweight, will be making his welterweight debut. The โ€œUltimate Fighter: Brazilโ€ finalist scored notable finishes of Noad Lahat and Andre Fili before parting ways with the UFC in 2018. The 34-year-old has since moved to lightweight and scored a first-round armbar finish of fellow UFC alum Alexander Torres at BRAVE CF 15 in 2018 and had his RCC Intro 3 headliner against Pavel Gordeev in 2019 end in a no contest after a groin strike left him unable to continue.

    Since losing his BRAVE CF welterweight title in his first-career setback in October 2019, Abdouraguimov has finished his past three opponents. The 26-year-old made his ARES debut in December, when he submitted Luciano Contini in the first round.

    The ARES FC 3 lineup includes:

    • Abdoul Abdouraguimov vs. Godofredo Pepey โ€“ for inuagural welterweight title
    • Danilo Suzart vs. Marsel Sychev โ€“ for inaugural heavyweight title

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