Arman Tsarukyan


Dominates after missing weight
January 23, 2021
Tsarukyan defeated Matt Frevola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was an excellent effort from Tsarukyan. Of course, virtually all of the good will he built up inside the Octagon on Saturday was strongly negated by the fact he missed weight by one pound on Friday. Offensively, it was a flawless performance from Tsarukyan. He won the total strike battle by a count of 103-51, landed 10-of-12 takedown attempts, and racked up 8:24 worth of control time in a 15-minute bout. The 24-year-old Tsarukyan has won three straight -- all via unanimous decision -- since dropping his UFC debut to the perennially underrated Islam Makhachev back in April 2019. There's all sorts of potential here if the Russian can get the weight cutting issues under control.
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Gets new opponent, misses weight
January 22, 2021
Tsarukyan will face Matt Frevola in a lightweight bout at UFC 257 on Saturday after missing weight by one pound, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Original opponent Nasrat Haqparast was forced to withdraw due to an illness, but Frevola was available after his opponent, Ottman Azaitar (undisclosed), also withdrew. Tsarukyan was able to shed some weight after coming in heavy at the first weigh-in, but he was still over the lightweight limit in his second attempt and will forfeit 20 percent of the purse with Frevola.
Facing Nasrat Haqparast in January
November 19, 2020
Tsarukyan will square off against Nasrat Haqparast in a lightweight matchup at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, reports.
Tsarukyan will be looking to extend his winning streak to three, having defeated Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Davi Ramos by unanimous decision in his last two matches. Haqparast will be looking for his second straight win, as he bounced back from a knockout loss to Drew Dober in January with a unanimous decision win against Alex Munoz in August. Tsarukyan is listed as a betting favorite of roughly (-200) as of early-January.
Flawless performance in victory
July 18, 2020
Tsarukyan defeated Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Ramos is no pushover and Tsarukyan blew the doors off him. It was a flawless all-around performance. Tsarukyan displayed a remarkable blend of wrestling, creative striking and overall Octagon awareness. He never allowed Ramos to get in any sort of rhythm offensively and knew exactly when to push forward and press the attack. The sample size is small but Tsarukyan's age (23) combined with an impressive all-around skillset would appear to give the Russian a massive ceiling. It was recently revealed that Tsarukyan signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC prior to this bout, so he will be around for the foreseeable future.
New deal, Fight Island bound
June 11, 2020
Tsarukyan's scheduled lightweight matchup against Davi Ramos has been moved to July 18 on Fight Island, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Tsarukyan will not only get another shot at a bout that was initially scrapped due to the pandemic, but he'll do so with a new, four-fight UFC contract in hand. Tsarukyan is currently 1-1 under the UFC banner, losing his debut in April of 2019 to Islam Makhachev. Ramos happens to be coming off a loss to Makhachev as well. Tsarukyan was able to bounce back last July, however, taking a decision from Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Tsarukyan leaned on his wrestling in that matchup, but it's worth noting that Ramos has a perfect takedown defense through six UFC bouts.
Facing Ramos in Portland
March 5, 2020
Tsarukyan will take on Davi Ramos in a lightweight matchup at UFC Portland on April 11, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Tsarukyan was bested by Islam Mackhachev in his UFC debut, but bounced back last June with a decision victory over the since-departed Olivier Aubin-Mercier. He'll draw an opponent that was also beaten by Mackhachev, but had been on a four-fight winning streak prior to that. Tsarukyan is the younger fighter with height and reach advantages, though Ramos has statistical advantages in most major categories.