Ismail Naurdiev
The Australian Wonderboy


Added to UFC Copenhagen
August 16, 2019
Naurdiev will take on Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Copenhagen on Sept. 28, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Naurdiev was considered a heavy favorite in his bout versus Chance Rencountre but ultimately fell via unanimous decision. He owns a one-inch reach advantage and often successfully avoids contact, which should work in his favor. Naurdiev's 76 percent takedown defense rate will likely be put to the test, however, as Bahadruzda averages 1.58 takedowns per 15 minutes.
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Falls despite being huge favorite
July 6, 2019
Naurdiev lost to Chance Rencountre via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Coming off an extremely impressive unanimous decision victory over the underrated Michel Prazeres in his UFC debut in February, Naurdiev no-showed Saturday's bout despite entering as a massive -570 favorite. He landed some significant power shots on Rencountre early in the bout, but his takedown defense let him down in a major way and he spent the majority of the final two rounds being controlled on the mat. Naurdiev won't turn 23 years of age until next month, so there is time for him to improve, but Rencountre revealed a massive flaw in his arsenal in this one.
Booked for UFC 239
May 23, 2019
Naurdiev will take on Chance Rencountre in a welterweight bout at UFC 239 on July 6.
This will be just the second UFC fight for Naurdiev, who is coming off a victory over Michel Pzazeres via unanimous decision in his UFC debut at UFC Prague. "The Austrian Wonderboy" is viewed as a rising star in the MMA ranks, as he boasts an 18-2 record overall at just 22 years old. He will have his work cut out for him against the 32-year-old Rencountre, who has won five of his last six fights dating back to early 2017.
Has outstanding debut performance
February 23, 2019
Naurdiev defeated Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
Naurdiev showcased a solid kicking game on the regional scene but it was difficult to imagine his takedown defense would hold up well against Przeres, as he had displayed difficulty staying off his back in the past. It is clear that Naurdiev has worked on his game, however, as the newcomer was able to display solid takedown defense, as well as the ability to hit sweeps when he found himself on bottom. Naurdiev was able to take over the fight from there, scoring at will on the feet and coming out on top in most scrambles as the Brazilian grew tired. At just 22 years of age, Naurdiev has announced his presence with a huge win over an opponent who had suffered just two previous loses. It will be interesting to see what he does from here. Naurdiev improves to 18-2 as a result of the victory.
UFC debut booked
February 8, 2019
Naurdiev will make his UFC debut against Michael Prazeres in a welterweight matchup at UFC Prague on Feb. 23, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Naurdiev is just 22 years old but has 19 professional fights, with most of his recent activity coming under the banner of a well-respected Absolute Championship Akhmat promotion. He currently sits at No. 137 on the Fightmatrix welterweight rankings, landing just behind the likes of UFC fighters Ricky Rainey and Luke Jumeau. Five of his last six fights have ended in a KO/TKO victory, but he'll be taking on an experienced opponent in Prazeres -- the winner of eight consecutive UFC fights dating back to 2015.