UFC Europe has confirmed that Albert Tumenov will fight Englishman Leon Edwards at UFC 204 in Manchester.
Tumenov is a Russian powerhouse who was enjoying a five fight winning streak prior to his loss to Gunnar Nelson in May.
The 24 year old will now be looking to bounce back against Birmingham fighter Edwards.
Normally, the UFC gives home nation fighters a favourable matchup when the promotion puts shows on in different countries, but this is an exception to this as Edwards will come up against arguably the toughest opponent he has faced so far.
Tumenov (17-3) has stopped 11 of his opponents by knockout, three of which came in UFC competition.
Meanwhile, Edwards has enjoyed a career record of 11-3 in his career, with a UFC record of 3-2.
During his time in the English circuit, Edwards won eight of his nine bouts, including two submission victories and four knockouts.
Having lost on his UFC debut to Claudio Silva in November 2014, he bounced back with a “performance of the night” display, taking out Seth Baczynski inside eight seconds.
Most recently, Leon Edwards bounced back from defeat to Kamaru Usman with a dominating wrestle based win over Dominic Waters in May.
After starting out on the Russian circuit, Tumenov entered the Octagon on the back of a seven fight knockout streak, although he was defeated by Ildemar Alcantara in his debut with the UFC.
He then enjoyed a five fight winning run, three of which came by first round knockout. Included in the streak was a split decision over the red hot Lorenz Larkin in January, but was choked out by Gunnar Nelson in May.
UFC 204 is headlined by the middleweight championship battle between newly-crowned champion Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson in a grudge match. The co-main event will feature a great middleweight fight between veterans Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort. The event takes place on October 8 in the Manchester Arena of England.