Amir Albazi
The Prince


New date for Zhumagulov fight
November 25, 2020
Albazi (13-1-0) is now scheduled to face Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-4-0) in a flyweight fight Jan. 23 at UFC 257, Marcel Dorff of reports.
The two flyweights were originally scheduled to fight this weekend at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, but the bout ended up being postponed. Albazi and Zhumagulov were able to quickly reach agreement on a new fight date approximately two months later, giving both fighters some extra time to prepare for the matchup.
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Nov. 28 fight to be rescheduled
November 24, 2020
Albazi's fight against Zhalgas Zhumagulov on Saturday will be rescheduled for a later day, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
It's currently unclear as the why the fight has been called off, as Albazi was supposed to battle Zhumagulov at UFC 15 this weekend. For now, the matchup will likely be rescheduled to a future date.
New opponent, new date
October 16, 2020
Albazi will square off against Zhalgas Zhumagulov on the UFC's Nov. 28 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Albazi was originally scheduled to face Raulian Paiva on Oct. 31 but that fight was squashed after Paiva suffered a torn ACL in training. He has a new date set and will aim to follow-up a first-round victory over Malcolm Gordon in his UFC debut with another win versus Zhumagulov, who is coming off a defeat in his own debut against, ironically, Paiva.
Loses October fight
September 14, 2020
Albazi will no longer be taking on Raulian Paiva (knee) at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 31, Combate reports.
Roughly a month after the fight was initially announced, Albazi will lose his opponent after Paiva was forced to withdraw due to what is being reported as a torn ACL. It remains unclear if the UFC will seek out a new opponent to keep the 1-0 flyweight fighter on the card.
Taking on Paiva in October
August 18, 2020
Albazi (13-1-0) is scheduled to face Raulian Paiva (20-3-0) in a flyweight fight Oct. 31 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, Marcelo Barone of reports.
Albazi will be back in the Octagon after emerging victorious in his UFC debut July 18, when he defeated Malcolm Gordon via submission on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. He'll be taking on a more experienced fighter in the Paiva, who is 2-2 since joining the promotion in 2018.
Submission win in UFC debut
July 18, 2020
Albazi defeated Malcolm Gordon via submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:42 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
A long-time member of the Bellator roster, Albazi emerged victorious in his UFC debut. He scored a takedown in the early going and eventually worked for the triangle choke that ended the fight. Triangle finishes are becoming more and more rare in MMA these days, but the one Albazi clamped on here was beautiful. A mat specialist by trade, eight of Albazi's 13 career wins have come via submission. How effective the 26-year-old Swede can be on the feet remains an open question, but he can clearly finish a fight if his opponent gives him even the slightest opening on the ground.