Makwan Amirkhani
Mr. Finland


Can't ride control time to victory
June 6, 2021
Amirkhani lost to Kamuela Kirk via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
Amirkhani very well may have deserved a better fate here, but it was clear the judges valued the striking of Kirk far greater than the grappling and control time of Amirkhani. "Mr. Finland" appeared to have his fair share of opportunities in many stalemate situations to earn back the favor of the judges, but he simply was unable to rise to the occasion. While not all of Kirk's strikes did heavy damage, the newcomer more than doubled the total strike number of Amirkhani in all three frames. Amirkhani has now lost three of his last four fights and finds himself in a difficult spot. Five of his six UFC wins have been via submission in the first two rounds, but if he's unable to find success grappling, "Mr. Finland" seemingly struggles to find other ways to win.
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Receives new opponent
May 26, 2021
Amirkhani will face Kamuela Kirk in a featherweight bout June 5 at UFC Fight Night 189, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Nate Landwehr (undisclosed) was forced to withdraw from the scheduled matchup, and Kirk will join the card on short notice. Kirk will make his UFC debut and won his last two bouts in the LFA. Amirkhani will attempt to get back in the win column after losing to Edson Barboza via unanimous decision in October.
Needs new opponent
May 23, 2021
The UFC is currently trying to find a new opponent for Amirkhani at the UFC's June 5 event after Nate Landwehr had to withdraw Sunday due to an undisclosed injury, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
Amirkhani is currently without an opponent with just under two weeks until he's supposed to step into the Octagon. The 32-year-old is looking to get back in the win column after dropping two of his last three fights.
Matching up with Landwehr
April 21, 2021
Amirkhani will face Nate Landwehr (nose) in a featherweight bout at UFC's June 5 event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Amirkhani last fought Edson Barboza in October and lost via unanimous decision, and he'll attempt to get back in the win column this summer. Landwehr was defeated by Julian Erosa via TKO (flying knee) in February and received a six-month medical suspension, but he will make his way back to the Octagon in June.
Drops decision to Edson Barboza
October 10, 2020
Amirkhani lost to Edson Barboza via unanimous decision (27-30, 26-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
This appeared to be a pretty bad matchup for Amikhani on paper, and it played out exactly that way inside the Octagon. Amirkhani is a fighter with little power who relies on his submission game to be successful, and going up against powerful striker like Barboza was a recipe for potential disaster. Amirkhani managed to land 3-of-6 takedowns attempts, but his shortcomings on the feet were ultimately his downfall. Barboza entered this fight in a massive slump, but the gap in the striking department between the two men was evident from the very start. Amirkhani has alternated wins and losses in his past six bouts going back to June 2019.
Steps in for October bout
September 27, 2020
Amirkhani will take on Edson Barboza in a featherweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for Oct. 10, reports.
Amirkhani was named as a potential replacement to face Barboza in October after Sodiq Yusuff withdrew for an undisclosed reason, and the fight was booked by the promotion Sunday. Amirkhani most recently defeated Danny Henry via submission (Anaconda Choke) at UFC 251. Barboza has dropped five of his last six fights, most recently losing to Dan Ige via split decision. Barboza has advantages in both height and reach.