Ismail Naurdiev
The Austrian Wonderboy


Struggles in Norfolk
February 29, 2020
Naurdiev lost to Sean Brady via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
It was yet another inconsistent performance from "The Austrian Wonderboy". Naurdiev looked halfway decent in Round 1 before the undefeated Brady began to pull away over the course of the final two frames. Naurdiev allowed Brady to land four successful takedowns and managed to tally just 38 total strikes over the course of the 15-minute bout. Naurdiev has now alternated wins and losses in his first four UFC bouts and all four fights have seen the final bell. There isn't much here despite the fact Naurdiev is just 23 years of age.
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Added to Norfolk card
January 4, 2020
Naurdiev will face Sean Brady at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, reports.
Both fighters made the UFC debuts in 2019. Naurdiev went 2-1 in his first season with the promotion, beating Michel Prazeres and Siyar Bahadurzada but losing to Chance Rencountre. Brady won his only UFC fight to date, beating Court McGee.
Delivers as big favorite
September 29, 2019
Naurdiev defeated Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
Naurdiev landed a total of 149 strikes on an overmatched Bahadurzada in this one, though only 69 of them were considered "significant" by the official scorer. Nonetheless, that volume -- mixed with three takedowns and three passes -- were enough for multiple judges to award Naurdiev 10-8 rounds. Credit to Bahadurzada for remaining standing for the entire 15 minutes, but Naurdiev was never truly in trouble in this one. It would have been nice to see a finish from the (-230) betting favorite, but at the very least, Naurdiev bounced back from a loss in July and improves to 2-1 under the UFC banner.
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.
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.