Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani, 31, of Turku, Finland was one of the “UFC 251” winners. The Kurdish-Finnish mixed martial artist earned his sixth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 13 MMA matches, “UFC 251” took place at the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 11, 2020 (or July 12, 2020 in the UAE). In the sixth bout, Amirkhani fought Danny “The Hatchet” Henry, 31, of Edinburgh, Scotland in the featherweight division.
Leon Roberts served as the referee. He put a stop to the featherweight contest after 3 minutes and 15 seconds in the first round when Amirkhani submitted Henry via anaconda choke.
Winning at “UFC 251” improved Amirkhani’s professional MMA record to 16 wins and 4 losses. It was the third time the Turku native won a UFC bout via submission.
On the other hand, Henry now has 12 wins and 4 losses. The Scottish MMA fighter is now riding a two-bout losing streak.
Including Finland and Scotland, 12 countries were represented at “UFC 251.” The others were Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, England, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and the U.S.
Amirkhani solely represented Finland. Henry was the only representative of Scotland.
In the co-main event, Max “Blessed” Holloway, 28, of Waiane, Hawaii, USA challenged UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski, 31, of Windang, New South Wales, Australia. The defending champion won via split decision.
In the main event, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 35, of Miami, Florida, USA challenged reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman, 33, who was fighting out of Nigeria by way of Delray Beach, Florida. The defending champion won via unanimous decision.
Born to Kurdish parents in Kermanshah, Iran on November 8, 1988, Amirkhani was a little boy when he and his family fled Iran to Iraq and settled in a refugee cap. The family moved to Vaasa, Finland in 1993 then to Turku in 2004.
Competing professionally since 2010, Amirkhani made his UFC debut in 2015. The first five opponents he defeated in the promotion were Andy Ogle, Masio Fullen, Mike Wilkinson, Jason Knight and Chris Fishgold.