UFC bantamweight Ivan Menjivar made his MMA debut in January 2001, six years before his next opponent had stepped foot in the cage as a professional. In fact, Azamat Gashimov hadn’t even celebrated his eleventh birthday by the time Menjivar was first having his hand raised inside a ring.
A bout between the 22-year old Gashimov and 30-year old Menjivar was recently confirmed by UFC officials for UFC 154, adding to a lineup already featuring main card clashes between Patrick Cote-Alessio Sakara and Martin Kampmann-Johny Hendricks as well as a title-fight between champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Carlos Condit.
Gashimov will be undergoing his Octagon unveiling at the event after compiling a 7-1 record with six stoppages on the regional circuit. He is currently on a two-fight winning streak with first-round finishes in each of the bouts.
Meanwhile, the 24-9 Menjivar will be looking to get back on track after having a trio of consecutive victories snapped by Mike Easton this past July. Among the opponents he’s found success against in the past are the likes of Hideo Tokoro, Jeff Curran, and Joe Lauzon.
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