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Iraq’s Amir Albazi earns 3rd UFC win, submits Brazil’s Francisco Figuerido in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Amir “The Prince” Albazi, 28, of Iraq, Sweden and England was one of the winners at the Ultimate Fighting Championship event “UFC 278“. It marked his third victory in the mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Currently, Albazi is the only Iraqi MMA fighter competing in the UFC. He has been fighting professionally since 2009.

Amir Albazi (© Brave Combat Federation)
Amir Albazi (©BRAVE Combat Federation)

Featuring 12 MMA bouts, “UFC 287” was held at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In the third bout of the evening, Albazi fought Francisco “Sniper” Figueiredo, 32, of Soure, Para, Brazil in the flyweight division.

Referee Dave Seljestad stopped the flyweight contest after 4 minutes and 34 seconds in the first round. Albazi submitted Figueiredo via rear-naked choke.

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The victory improved Albazi’s professional MMA record to 15 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Figueiredo now has 13 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw and 1 No Contest.

Including Brazil, Iraq, England and Sweden, a total of 13 countries were represented at “UFC 287”. The others were China, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Moldova, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland and the U.S.

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Before joining the UFC, Albazi competed in Bellator MMA and BRAVE Combat Federation. He defeated Jamie Powell via unanimous decision at “Bellator 179” on May 19, 2017 and submitted Iurie Bejenari via rear-naked choke at “Bellator 200” on May 25, 2018.

On April 19, 2019, Albazi made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 23” where he lost via unanimous decision to former UFC fighter Jose Torres. On November 15, 2019, Albazi submitted Ryan Curtis via kimura at “BRAVE CF 29“.

On July 18, 2020, Albazi made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 172”, making him the first Iraqi MMA fighter to compete in the UFC. He submitted Malcolm Gordon via triangle choke.

On January 23, 2021, Albazi defeated Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision at “UFC 257”. It is the second consecutive loss of the latter.

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Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Albazi lived in Syria with his family before they moved to Sweden. They lived in Bredäng, Stockholm, Sweden with several other immigrants and refugees.

In 2013, Albazi moved to moved to London, England. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports science from the University of Roethampton in Roethampton, Wandsworth, England.

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