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Amir Albazi

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Amir Albazi
BornAmir Albazi
(1993-10-27) October 27, 1993 (age 27)
Baghdad, Iraq
Other namesThe Prince
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityIraqi/Swedish
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFlyweight
Bantamweight
Reach68 in (173 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofLondon, England
TeamLondon Shootfighters
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total15
Wins14
By knockout4
By submission8
By decision2
Losses1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Amir Albazi (born October 27, 1993) is an Iraqi-Swedish Mixed-martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division of the UFC.[2]

Early Life[edit]

Amir was born in Baghdad. When he was seven years old, he fled Baghdad in the middle of the night and went to Iraqi Kurdistan, his family then went to Syria, where Amir saw his father for the first time since he was a toddler. The family stayed in Syria for a year and a half, before moving to Sweden.

Amir's family settled in Bredäng, a district in Stockholm in which immigrants and refugees made up 60% of the population[3]. Amir got into a lot of fights and trouble as a kid, and ended up joining a street gang as a teen[4]. His interest in MMA happened overnight, as he once watched an old UFC fight on television, having been impressed by this new type of professional fighting, Amir looked up the cheapest MMA gym and signed up the next day[5]

Career[edit]

Amir's first fight came in the World Ultimate Full Contact 15, he defeated Pavlo Kulish in 59 seconds by making him submit[6]. He went on an 8 bout win streak to start his MMA career before moving to Bellator, where he extended that streak to 10 bouts after defeating Jamie Powell and Iurie Bejenari. Amir's first loss came in the Middle eastern promotion Brave CF to Jose "Shorty" Torres[7]. Amir rebounded from his loss by defeating Ryan Curtis in BRAVE CF 29[8].

UFC[edit]

Amir made his UFC debut on July 18th 2020 against Malcolm Gordon in UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 in the United Arab Emirates[9]. Amir and Gordon both had only two weeks notice as they replaced Tagir Ulanbekov and Aleksander Doskalchuk, who pulled out of the event following the death of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov[10]. Amir defeated Gordon by submission inside 4 minutes and 42 seconds of the first round[11]

Amir faced Zhalgas Zhumagulov at UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark, but Zhumagulov pulled out due to visa issues and the bout was rescheduled for this UFC 257 on January 24, 2021.[12][13] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[14]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–1 Zhalgas Zhumagulov Decision (unanimous) UFC 257 January 23, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 13–1 Malcolm Gordon Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 July 18, 2020 1 4:42 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Bantamweight bout.
Win 12–1 Ryan Curtis Submission (kimura) Brave CF 29 November 15, 2019 1 2:24 Isa Town, Bahrain
Loss 11–1 Jose Torres Decision (unanimous) Brave CF 23 April 19, 2019 3 5:00 Amman, Jordan
Win 11–0 Iuri Bejenari Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 200 May 25, 2018 1 3:21 London, England
Win 10–0 Jamie Powell Decision (unanimous) Bellator 179 May 19, 2017 3 5:00 London, England Flyweight debut.
Win 9–0 Dino Gambatesa Submission (kimura) FightStar Championship 8 December 10, 2016 1 4:30 London, England Won FSC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 8–0 Rafał Czechowski Submission (rear-naked choke) Scandinavian Fight Nights 1 June 4, 2016 2 N/A Solna, Sweden
Win 7–0 Niko Gjoka TKO (slam) Ultimate Challenge MMA 44 September 5, 2015 2 2:21 London, England Won Vacant UCMMA Bantamweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Ondřej Moravec TKO (punches) Bitva Roku 2015 March 19, 2015 1 4:34 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 5–0 Salih Kulucan Submission (kimura) Ultimate Challenge MMA 41 November 8, 2014 2 2:30 London, England
Win 4–0 Ally McRae Submission (rear-naked choke) SFC 3 October 10, 2010 2 0:00 Stirling, Scotland
Win 3–0 Bagandov Murada TKO (punches) World Ultimate Full Contact 16 September 4, 2010 1 3:00 Viseu, Portugal
Win 2–0 Andre Batista TKO (punches) World Ultimate Full Contact 15 August 22, 2009 1 3:35 Viseu, Portugal
Win 1–0 Pavlo Kulish Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 0:59 Bantamweight debut.

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See also[edit]

  • List of current UFC fighters
  • List of male mixed martial artists

References[edit]

  1. "Stats | UFC". ufcstats.com. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  2. https://www.ufc.com/athlete/amir-albazi
  3. https://start.stockholm/om-stockholms-stad/utredningar-statistik-och-fakta/statistik/
  4. https://www.stockholmdirekt.se/nyheter/amir-albazi-jag-ar-nasta-svensk-i-ufc/reprhx!ebeOd33eioY9j2d6WmWm9A/
  5. "Iraqi Amir Albazi's circuitous route to Abu Dhabi via Syria, Sweden and London". The National.
  6. https://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Pavlo-Kulish-51366
  7. https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/44900-jose-torres
  8. https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019/11/brave-cf-29-results-azamat-murzakanov-wins-open-weight-title
  9. https://www.ufc.com/news/fight-island-debuts-july-18-edition
  10. https://fansided.com/2020/07/03/umar-numagomedov-tagir-ulanbekov-cancel-flights-fight-island-following-passing-khabibs-dad/
  11. "Amir Albazi's submission of Malcolm Gordon was just what he expected to happen".
  12. Staff (2020-11-24). "Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov pulled from UFC on ESPN 18 lineup". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  13. Steve Duncan (2020-11-25). "Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov rescheduled for UFC 257". mma.uno. Retrieved 2020-11-25. Script error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.
  14. Fortune, Ryan (2021-01-23). "UFC 257 Results: Amir Albazi Bounces Back to Decision Zhalgas Zhumagulov". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-01-24.
  15. Sherdog.com. "Amir Albazi". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-07-25.

External links[edit]


Category:1993 births Category:Living people Category:Iraqi male mixed martial artist Category:Flyweight mixed martial artists Category:Sportspeople from Baghdad Category:Iraqi emigrants to Sweden Category:Ultimate Fighting Championship male fighters



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