Nadia Kassem



Let go by UFC
October 7, 2020
THE UFC terminated Kassem's contract Wednesday, Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of report.
The owner of a career 5-2 record, Kassem went 1-2 during her three-year run with the UFC. She most recently fought last October, losing to Ji Yeon Kim via TKO.
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Out of fight with injury
July 22, 2020
Kassem will not fight Miranda Granger on August 8 due to an undisclosed injury, James Lynch of of MMA News reports.
It's unclear what the injury issue for Kassem is at this point. It is likely that this fight is rebooked rather than Granger finding another opponent. Kassem will be looking to bounce back after loses in her last two fights.
Set to face Granger in August
June 18, 2020
Kassem is scheduled to fight Miranda Granger in a strawweight match on August 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Kassem is coming off back-to-back stoppage losses, most recently against Ji Yeon Kim last October. She'll now get an opportunity to get back on track against an opponent in Granger who'll also step into the octagon fresh off a loss.
Falls in native Australia
October 5, 2019
Kassem lost to Ji Yeon Kim via TKO (punches) at 4:59 of Round 2 at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
Kassem hung around, but the end result was her second straight stoppage loss. While the striking numbers were virtually even and Kassem was the more effective striker to the body, she never really had Kim in any sort of trouble and was unable to survive a late flurry from Kim in Round 3 that was finished off by a big body shot. Quite frankly, the fight should have been stopped several seconds earlier. Kassem is young enough (24 years old next month) to expect improvement going forward, but there's no guarantee she will receive a third opportunity with the company.
Will face Kim at UFC 243
July 23, 2019
Kassem (5-1-0) is booked to square off against Ji Yeon Kim (8-2-2) at UFC 243 in Melbourne on October 5, Nolan King of reports.
Kassem is coming off a Round 2 loss via submission to Montana De La Rosa at UFC 234. She will now look to get back on track versus Kim will also be entering the Octagon coming off a loss.
Can't keep the fight standing
February 9, 2019
Kassem lost to Montana De La Rosa via submission (armbar) at 2:37 of Round 2 at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
Kassem could not keep this fight on the feet. De La Rosa closed the distance early in the first two rounds and scored takedowns. She went to work on the ground in the second round. De La Rosa locked in a triangle choke and eventually finished the fight. Kassem tried to fight it, but De La Rosa transitioned to the armbar, and it ended the fight.