David Zawada


Battles as significant underdog
January 16, 2021
Zawada lost to Ramazan Emeev via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was a perfectly competent performance from Zawada given the fact he entered as a +250 underdog. Zawada more than held his own in the striking exchanges between the two men, ultimately landing 114 total strikes compared to just 101 from Emeev. The issues came in the grappling, where Zawada allowed his opponent to connect on four successful takedowns. While he may not have emerged with the victory he came for, Zawada performed quite well considering he showed relatively little in his first three (1-2 record) bouts with the company. He deserves another shot despite Saturday's setback.
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Next fight set for Jan. 16
December 7, 2020
Zawada will take on Ramazan Emeev in a welterweight bout at the UFC event on Jan. 16 on Fight Island, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
Zawada will be making his first trip to the Octagon since November of 2019 when he submitted Abubakar Nurmagomedov. That was a nice bounceback after dropping each of his previous two bouts. Zawada will be at a one inch reach disadvantage, but a three inch height advantage against Emeev. As of early January, oddsmakers peg Zawada as a (+220) betting underdog.
Needs new opponent for Oct. 17
October 7, 2020
Zawada (17-5-0) no longer has an opponent for the UFC's Oct. 17 event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi after Mounir Lazzez (10-1-0) withdrew from their scheduled welterweight fight following a positive COVID-19 test, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
With the event just 10 days away, the UFC may have trouble securing an opponent for Zawada. If Zawada is unable to fight at Yas Island, look for him to return to the Octagon at some point later in 2020. The 30-year-old German is looking to keep the momentum going from the upset victory he notched over Abubakar Nurmagomedov back in November 2019 in Moscow.
Included on Oct. 17 card
September 9, 2020
Zawada (17-5-0) is slated to face Mounir Lazzez (10-1-0) in a welterweight fight at the UFC's Oct. 17 event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
"Sagat" will return to the Octagon for the first time since November, when he upset Abubakar Nurmagomedov in the latter's promotional debut, pushing his UFC record to 1-2. He'll be taking on another recent promotional newcomer in Lazzez, who scored a unanimous-decision win over Abdul Razak Alhassan in his UFC debut in July on Fight Island.
Facing Anthony Rocco Martin in Nebraska
January 27, 2020
Zawada (17-5-0) is scheduled to face Anthony Rocco Martin (17-5-0) in a welterweight fight April 25 at UFC Lincoln, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Zawada will enter the Octagon for the fourth time in his career after going 1-2 in his first three fights with the promotion. His last appearance came in November at UFC Moscow, where he notched a first-round victory via submission over Abubakar Nurmagomedov.
Earns shocking first UFC win
November 9, 2019
Zawada defeated Abubakar Nurmagomedov via submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:50 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
Well, that's one way to earn your first UFC victory (and a cool $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus). After showing next to nothing in his first two fights with the company, Zawada ventured into enemy territory and tapped out an opponent who was making his UFC debut with quite a bit of helium behind him. As impressive of a result as this was for the German, it has the feeling of a fluke. Zawada had never fought, let alone beaten, anyone of note prior to this fight and it's difficult to believe there will be some sort of late-career resurgence coming at age 29. If nothing else, this win ensures Zawada will get another fight with the company.