Both fighters are surging and are looking to emerge with an impressive win that will move them forward towards the rankings.
Dawodu, 29, has a four fight win streak, split-decisioning Julio Arce in his last bout at UFC 244 last November.
— Mean Hakeem (@meanhakeemko) August 10, 2020
Tukhugov, 29, is 10-0-1 in his last 11 contests, finishing Kevin Aguilar at UFC on ESPN+ 26 in February.
UFC 253 is scheduled for Sept. 26 at a venue to be determined. Current bouts include:
DOMINIC REYES (12-1-0) VS. JAN BLACHOWICZ (26-8-0)
ISRAEL ADESANYA (19-0-0) VS. PAULO COSTA (13-0-0)
MARION RENEAU (9-6-1) VS. KETLEN VIEIRA (10-1-0)
KAI KARA-FRANCE (21-8-0, 1NC) VS. BRANDON ROYVAL (11-4-0)
CLAUDIA GADELHA (18-4-0) VS. YAN XIAONAN (12-1-0, 1NC)
HAKEEM DAWODU (11-1-1) VS. ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV (19-4-1)
SARAH ALPAR (9-4-0) VS. JESSICA ROSE-CLARK (9-6-0)
RANDY COSTA (5-1-0) VS. JOURNEY NEWSON (9-2-0)
MIRSAD BEKTIC (13-3-0) VS LUIZ EDUARDO GARAGORRI (13-1-0)
JAKE MATTHEWS (16-4-0) VS. DIEGO SANCHEZ (30-12-0)
BRAD RIDDELLL (8-1-0) VS. ALEX DA SILVA (21-2-0)
NATE LANDWEHR (14-3-0) VS. SHANE YOUNG (13-4-0)
More bouts could be announced.