Alex Enlund (right) Photo Credit: Dolly Clew / Cage Warriors

After more than a year on the sidelines, former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Alex Enlund is slated to make his return to MMA in September.

A number of reports have been flying around social media, hinting that Enlund had signed to fight Manchester’s Kane Mousah under the banner of Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB).

On Sunday evening, MMA Plus received clarification from a source in Enlund’s management team, stating the fight against Mousah had been verbally agreed for ACB 70 on Sept. 23 in Sheffield, but the official paperwork had yet to be completed. 

It was also stressed that no multi-fight deal for Enlund had been agreed.

The fight is expected to be a lightweight contest and is likely to be heavily featured on the ACB Battle of Britain card, which is headlined by a huge all-British middleweight scrap between Luke Barnatt and Scott Askham

If the fight gets the official nod, it will mark Enlund’s first competitive bout since June 2016. He won that fight with a first round submission. 

Enlund (14-2) signed to the UFC in August 2016 and was expected to compete in September against Martin Buschkamp. However, following results from pre-bout MRA/MRI scans, the North East fighter was pulled from his promotional debut. 

Alex’s personal situation has been kept pretty hush over the past year, but on May 27 he released a statement on Facebook detailing the circumstances which saw him sidelined due to a suspected lesion on his brain. 

Now, a year on from when he was scheduled to grace the Octagon, he returns to face one of the top ranked lightweights in the UK.

Mousah (9-1) will compete for the second time in 2017, following a unanimous decision win over Lewis Monarch at ACB Supersonic in March. 

MMA Plus will keep you updated on the situation, as it continues to develop. The bout is expected to be made official this week.