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Mounir Lazzez

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Mounir Lazzez
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Born (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 33)
Sfax, Tunisia
Other namesThe Sniper
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofSfax, Tunisia
TeamTeam Nogueira Dubai
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By decision2
By knockout1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Mounir Lazzez (Arabic: منیر لزیز‎; (born November 16, 1987) is a Tunisian mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[2] A professional fighter since 2012, he is the first fighter that was born and raised in an Arab country to be signed to the UFC.


Originally born in the major port town of Sfax in the South East of Tunisia,[3] it was Mounir Lazzez highlights that lead to him being the first fighter that was born and raised in an Arab country to be signed to the UFC. Indeed, it was after Dana White watched Mounir Lazzez highlights whilst sitting in a restaurant that he was so impressed that he decided to sign him to the UFC. A friend of Lazzez had recognized the UFC president Dana White at a restaurant in Las Vegas in the United States of America and took the opportunity to show Mounir Lazzez highlights to him, and White being immediately impressed by the footage took the next steps to sign him to the UFC as soon as possible.[4]

Martial arts career[edit]

Lazzez made his professional debut in 2012 and compiled a 9–1 record fighting for a variety of Middle Eastern promotions, most notably Brave Combat Federation, where he competed for the Super Lightweight title, losing the fight unanimous decision to Eldar Eldarov.[5] [6]

Fighting Championship[edit]

Lazzez faced Abdul Razak Alhassan on July 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige.[7] At the weigh-ins, Alhassan weighed in at 174 pounds, 3 pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit. He was fined 20% of his purse which went to Lazzez and the bout proceeded at catchweight.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[9] This fight resulted in Lazzez getting the Fight of the Night bonus, with Lazzez taking home an extra $50,000 from the fight.[10]

Lazzez, as a replacement for Christian Aguilera, faced Warlley Alves on January 20, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny.[11] Lazzez lost the fight in the first round after a flurry of kicks to the body dropped Lazzez and then got finished on the ground.[12]

Lazzez was scheduled to face Niklas Stolze on July 31, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland.[13] In turn, Lazzez pulled out just a few days before the event due to visa issues and was replaced by Jared Gooden.[14]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan[10]
  • Desert Force Championship
    • Desert Force Welterweight Championship (One Time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Niklas Stolze UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland July 31, 2021 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–2 Warlley Alves TKO (body kicks and punches) UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny January 20, 2021 1 2:35 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 10–1 Abdul Razak Alhassan Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige July 15, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (174 lb) bout; Alhassan missed weight. Fight of the Night.
Win 9–1 Arber Murati TKO (knees and punches) Probellum MMA Dubai: Lazzez vs. Murati February 7, 2020 1 0:59 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 8–1 Sasha Palatnikov TKO (strikes) ADW: UAE Warriors 8 October 18, 2019 1 4:48 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 7–1 Eldar Eldarov Decision (unanimous) Brave CF 23 April 19, 2019 5 5:00 Amman, Jordan Catchweight (165 lbs). For Vacant BCF Super Lightweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Dmitrijs Homjakovs TKO Brave CF 16 September 21, 2018 2 4:15 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (176 lbs)
Win 6–0 Christophe Van Dijck Decision (unanimous) Phoenix Fighting Championship 4: Dubai December 22, 2017 3 5:00 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 5–0 Mohamad Ghorabi TKO (punches) Desert Force 16 March 23, 2015 2 3:50 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Won Vacant Desert FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Amr Fathee Wahman KO (head kick) Desert Force 11 March 7, 2014 1 2:00 Manama, Bahrain
Win 3–0 Anas Siraj Mounir KO (head kick) Desert Force 10 January 27, 2014 3 1:15 Amman, Jordan
Win 2–0 Ashkan Mehrdadpoor TKO (punches) Dubai FC 3 November 16, 2012 1 2:25 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 1–0 Andrew Connor KO (punch) Dubai FC 2 January 8, 2012 1 0:54 Dubai, United Arab Emirates


See also[edit]

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


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  2. "Mouneer Lazzez on UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 4 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "UFC Fight Night on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige betting odds, fight card and start times". www.fightbookmma.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Dana White Reveals How He Heard of Mounir Lazzez". www.essentiallysports.com. Retrieved 4 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "'THE SNIPER' Meet Mounir Lazzez". talksport.com. Retrieved 4 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "LAZZEZ READY FOR HISTORIC UFC DEBUT". mtkmma.com. Retrieved 4 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Mounir Lazzez joins the UFC's July 15 lineup". MMA Junkie. 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  8. Lee, Alexander K. (2020-07-14). "UFC on ESPN 13 weigh-in results: Two miss weight, one fight canceled". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  9. Bitter, Shawn (2020-07-15). "UFC Fight Island 1 Results: Mounir Lazzez Defeats Abdul Razak Alhassan in Debut". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "UFC on ESPN 13 bonuses: Weight miss costs Abdul Razak Alhassan $50K for 'Fight of the Night'". MMA Junkie. 2020-07-16. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  11. DNA, MMA (2021-01-04). "Mounir Lazzez vervangt Christian Aguilera vs. Warlley Alves". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  12. Jay Anderson (2021-01-20). "UFC Fight Island 8 Results: Warlley Alves Stuns, Stops Mounir Lazzez". cagesidepress. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  13. Farah Hannoun and John Morgan (2021-05-22). "UFC adds Mounir Lazzez vs. Niklas Stolze to July 31 event". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  14. Farah Hannoun (2021-07-27). "With Mounir Lazzez out, Jared Gooden targeted as replacement to face Niklas Stolze at UFC on ESPN 28". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  15. Sherdog.com. "Mounir Lazzez". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-08-07.

External links[edit]

Category:Living people Category:1987 births Category:Tunisian male mixed martial artists Category:Welterweight mixed martial artists Category:Ultimate Fighting Championship male fighters

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