David Zawada
Sagat

Germany

Included on Oct. 17 card
WelterweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
"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.
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WelterweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
WelterweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Booked for UFC Moscow
WelterweightUFC
August 29, 2019
Zawada will take on Abubakar Nurmagomedov at UFC Moscow on November 19, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's been a tough start to Zawada's UFC career, as the German has dropped each of his first two fights since signing with the promotion. Most recently, he fell to Jingliang Li via KO (kick to the body) at UFC Fight Night 141 back in November. Zawada was riding a five-fight winning streak before signing with the UFC and will look to bounce back against Nurmagomedov, who is making his promotional debut.
Fades after hot start
WelterweightUFC
November 24, 2018
Zawada lost to Jingliang Li via TKO (kick) at 4:07 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 141 on Saturday in Beijing, China.
ANALYSIS
Zawada appeared to be the better striker early in this fight. He commanded the distance and even dropped Jingliang with a punch. That was not the story of the fight. Jingliang was persistent. He kept coming forward and throwing in combination. He would miss the first punches of the combination, but he would finish with strikes. He landed several leg kicks and by the end of the third round, Zawada was struggling to move. In the third round, Jingliang landed a side kick to the body, which finished the fight. Zawada has talent, but he will need to find a way to improve his durability.
Fights valiantly in debut loss
WelterweightUFC
July 22, 2018
Zawada lost to Danny Roberts via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.
ANALYSIS
Zawada stepped in on short notice to take on the UFC veteran, and seemed to surprise Roberts with his pressure and accurate striking. The two contested much of this fight on the ground with Zawada coming close to locking up a choke late in the contest but was ultimately outscrambled by Roberts, resulting in the tough loss. Regardless, Zawada seems like a prospect to watch going forward. He falls to 16-4 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.