Abdul Razak Alhassan

Judo Thunder


Re-ups with UFC
September 1, 2021
Alhassan announced via his personal Instagram account that he has signed a new contract with the UFC.
It's amazing what a 17-second, highlight-reel KO can do for a fighter, regardless of previous career circumstance. Alhassan was potentially facing release following a three-fight losing streak, but that all changed Saturday when he torched Alessio Di Chirico with a head kick at UFC Vegas 35. He did so despite entering as a pretty sizable betting underdog of (+190). While the results haven't always gone his way, "Judo Thunder" has the power to end a fight in an instant, as evidenced by his three Performance of the Night bonuses dating back to 2016. He may never impact the middleweight title picture, but UFC brass has determined that type of excitement is worth keeping around, at least for a few more fights.
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Torches Alessio Di Chirico
August 28, 2021
Alhassan defeated Alessio Di Chirico via KO (head kick) at 0:17 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's an effort which will almost certainly earn Alhassan a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, and rightfully so (later confirmed by UFC President Dana White). More importantly, it's an effort which should save Alhassan's job considering he entered on a three-fight losing streak. With Di Chirico backing up along the fence, Alhassan unleashed a massive head kick which turned the former's lights out. Alhassan immediately walked away as referee Herb Dean called off the bout. It was a stellar effort from the 36-year-old Texan, but the challenge for Alhassan will be to follow up this strong performance with another his next time out.
Receives new opponent
August 22, 2021
Alhassan will now take on Alessio Di Chirico in a middleweight bout at UFC Vegas 35 on Aug. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Di Chirico will step in after Antonio Braga Neto withdrew from the event for an unspecified reason. Alhassan last fought in April, when he lost to Jacob Malkoun via unanimous decision. Di Chirico most recently defeated Joaquin Buckley via KO (head kick) at UFC on ABC 1 in January. Alhassan has advantages in both height and reach.
Fight pushed back
August 14, 2021
Alhassan's fight with Antonio Braga Neto has been pushed back from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
It is unclear at this point in time why the fight will be delayed. Regardless, Alhassan will still attempt to snap his three-fight losing streak when he steps in the octagon with Braga Neto.
Booked for Aug. 21 fight
July 29, 2021
Alhassan is set to fight Antonio Braga Neto at the Aug. 21 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Alhassan is on a three-fight losing streak, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Jacob Malkoun in April. His opponent, Braga Neto, hasn't fought in UFC since December of 2017.
Losing streak hits three
April 17, 2021
Alhassan lost to Jacob Malkoun via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The roof has caved in on Alhassan over the course of the past nine-plus months. Saturday's setback may have been the final straw. Entering as a hefty -265 favorite, Alhassan was dominated from bell to bell. The 35-year-old Texan has always been known as a one-dimensional striker, but his complete inability to defend a takedown was his downfall against Malkoun. There is a gap in Alhassan's game as wide as the Atlantic Ocean, and every fighter he goes up against is going to do everything they can to exploit it. There's no guarantee Alhassan gets another opportunity with the company considering he has lost three straight fights since July 2020.