Amir “The Prince” Albazi, 26, successfully mad his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Fighting out of Iraq and Sweden by way of London, England, the Iraqi-Swedish-English mixed martial artist was one of the “UFC Fight Night 172” winners.
Also called “UFC on ESPN+ 30,” “UFC Fight Night 172” featured 12 MMA matches on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island on July 19, 2020 in the UAE or July 18, 2020 in the United States. Albazi fought Malcolm “X” Gordon, 30, of London, Ontario, Canada in the flyweight division in the third bout, which was refereed by Herb Dean.
Dean put a stop to the flyweight contest after 4 minutes and 42 seconds in the first round. Albazi submitted Gordon via triangle choke.
This is the UFC’s first triangle choke submission in 2020. The promotion had two in 2017, six in 2018 and seven in 2019.
It was the first time Albazi submitted a professional MMA opponent via triangle choke. Winning at “UFC Fight Night 172” improved his professional MMA record to 13 wins and 1 loss.
Born in Baghdad, Iraq on November 27, 1993, Albazi was a young boy when he moved to Stockholm, Sweden. Training at London Shootfighters in London, he has been fighting professionally since 20009.
Before joining the UFC, Albazi competed in World Ultimate Full Contact, Scottish Fight Challenge, Ultimate Challenge MMA, Caveam, Scandinavian Fight Nights, FightStar Championship, Bellator MMA and BRAVE Combat Federation. Undefeated from 2009 to 2018, he had his first loss in the hands of former UFC fighter Jose “Shorty” Torres at “BRAVE CF 29” on November 15, 2019.
Like Albazi, Gordon also made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 172.” The Canadian MMA fighter now has 12 wins and 4 losses.
“UFC Fight Night 172” was the third UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A total of 17 countries were represented namely Armenia, Brazil, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, England, Georgia, Iraq, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the U.S. and Wales.
Aside from solely representing Iraq, Albazi was also one of the two fighters who represented England and one of the two representatives of Sweden. Gordon was the sole representative of Canada.