Abdul Razak Alhassan
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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.
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Fight with Jacob Malkoun on tap
March 31, 2021
Alhassan (10-3-0) is scheduled to face Jacob Malkoun (4-1-0) in a middleweight fight April 17 at UFC on ESPN 22 in Las Vegas, USA Today reports.
Alhassan has lost both of his last two bouts while fighting as a welterweight, so he'll move back up to the middleweight ranks in an attempt to get back on track. He'll be taking on a relative newcomer in Malkoun, who lost to Phil Hawes in his promotional debut back in October at UFC 254.
Hammered after missing weight
November 14, 2020
Alhassan lost to Khaos Williams via KO (punch) at 0:30 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's been a disastrous past 36 hours for Alhassan. First he missed weight by 1.5 pounds on Friday before lasting all of 30 seconds on Saturday. If that's not bad enough, Alhassan had to forfeit a portion of his purse to Williams just for this fight to proceed. The UFC brass tends to frown upon fighters missing weight and Alhassan has now done so in two straight fights. He has also lost both of those bouts. Alhassan is a UFC-caliber fighter but there's no guarantee the 35-year-old Texan gets another opportunity with the company.
Misses weight but fight remains on
November 13, 2020
Alhassan missed weight by 1.5 pounds ahead of his scheduled fight against Khaos Williams on Saturday, Alexander K Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
The fight is Alhassan's second straight in which he missed weight. Despite getting a slight weight advantage against Mounir Lazzez in July, he lost via unanimous decision. He'll forfeit a portion of his purse to Williams regardless of the result.
Set to fight Nov. 14
November 1, 2020
Alhassan will fight Khaos Williams at a UFC event in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Alhassan will return to the Octagon for the first time since July when he lost to Mounir Lazzez via unanimous decision. The 35-year-old will face a much younger opponent in Williams who is fresh off his first career UFC victory back in February. Alhassan had an embarrassing showing in his last bout and will look to right the ship in just under two weeks' time in Las Vegas.
Struggles after long layoff
July 15, 2020
Alhassan lost to Mounir Lazzez via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
As if missing weight by three pounds on Tuesday wasn't bad enough, Alhassan went out and was thoroughly dominated as a -350 favorite on Wednesday. Oh, he also dropped 20 percent of his purse to Lazzez in order for the fight to go on. Alhassan really struggled with the pressure of his opponent. Known as a pure boxer, Alhassan allowed Lazzez to score on all four of his takedown attempts. Alhassan did land his fair share of power punches, but the newcomer was able to eat them without issue. This was the first time we had seen Alhassan fight since September 2018. He had won three straight fights via first-round knockout prior to Wednesday. Alhassan would have received a Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts, but he was ineligible due to his weight miss.