Makwan Amirkhani biography: 13 things about UFC fighter from Raisio, Finland

full name: Makwan Amirkhani (ماکوان امیرخوانی)
fight name: Mr. Finland
residence: Raisio, Finland
height: 5’10″
weight divisions: bantamweight, featherweight
current promotion: UFC
pro MMA record: 17-9


Makwan Amirkhani is an Iranian-Finnish professional mixed martial artist nicknamed Mr. Finland. He is 5’10” tall and he competes in the featherweight and bantamweight divisions.

Born in Kermanshah, Iran to Kurdish parents Amin Amirkhani and Zarin Moradi, Amirkhani has seven siblings including Aresh Amirkhani and Päri Moradi. After the war between Iran and Iraq from 1980 and 1988, the family fled from Iran to Iraq and settled in Al-Tash, a refugee camp administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In 1993, Makwan, his siblings and their parents resettled to Vaasa, Finland. In 2004, they moved to Turku, Finland.

Currently, Makwan is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. On October 23, 2010, he made is professional MMA debut in Turku where he submitted Tadas Aleksonis via rear-naked choke.
  2. In 2011, he defeated Markus Rytöhonka and Lauri Väätäinen but lost to Viktor Tomasevic.
  3. In 2012, he defeated Aleksejs Povulans, Kari Päivinen, Johannes Isaksson and Semen Tyrlya. He was also runner-up to Mr. Finland 2012 Teppo Säkkinen.
  4. In 2013, he defeated Tom Duquesnoy and Nayeb Hezam before he lost to Adam Ward. In 2014, he defeated Yohan Guerin.
  5. On January 24, 2015, he made his UFC debut at “UFC on Fox 14” in Stockholm, Sweden where he defeated Andy Ogle via technical knockout. On June 20, 2015, he submitted Massio Fullen via rear-naked choke at “UFC Fight Night 69” in Berlin, Germany.
  6. On February 27, 2016, he defeated Mike Wilkinson via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 84” in London, England.
  7. From 2017 to 2019, he and Miss Landscapes Finland 2019 Nina Heinikoski, his then girlfriend, lived together in Turku. On March 18, 2017, he lost to Arnold Allen via split decision at “UFC Fight Night 107” in London.
  8. On May 27, 2018, he defeated Jason Knight via split decision at “UFC Fight Night 130” in Liverpool, England. As an amateur boxer, he lost to Mico Hakkarainen on October 13, 2018 then he defeated Ari Nevalainen on October 27, 2018, Eetu Sankari on November 11, 2018 and Jamil Mahdi on November 24, 2018.
  9. On January 19, 2019, he lost to Santeri Laine in an amateur boxing bout. On June 1, 2019, he submitted Chris Fishgold via anaconda choke at “UFC Fight Night 153” in Stockholm. On November 2, 2019, he lost to Shane Burgos via technical knockout at “UFC 244” in New York City, New York, USA.
  10. On July 12, 2020, he defeated Danny Henry via technical submission at “UFC 251” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On October 10, 2020, he lost to Edson Barboza via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Island 5” in Abu Dhabi.
  11. On June 5, 2021, he lost to Kamuela Kirk via unanimous decision at “UFC Vegas 28” in Enterprise, Nevada. On October 30, 2021, he was knocked out by Lerone Murphy at “UFC 267” in Abu Dhabi.
  12. On March 19, 2022, he defeated Mike Grundy via technical submission at “UFC Fight Night 204” in London. On July 23, 2022, he lost to Jonathan Pearce via technical knockout at “UFC Fight Night 208” in London. On October 30, 2022, he took to Instagram to share a photo of his newborn son Robin Amirkhani.
  13. He was 34 years old when he was submitted by Jack Shore at “UFC 286” on March 18, 2023 in London, which downgraded his professional MMA record to 17 wins and 9 losses.

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