Fares Ziam

Smile Killer

France

Not competitive in Vegas
LightweightUFC
February 26, 2022
Ziam lost to Terrance McKinney via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:11 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Believe it or not, Ziam was a small (-115) betting favorite entering this bout. You never would have known judging by what took place inside the Octagon. Ziam found himself in a bad spot following a scramble very early in the bout and was never able to recover. These things happen, but of bigger concern for Ziam is the fact he continues to display poor submission defense. Although he has just four career defeats in 16 pro fights, three of those have come via submission. The optimistic point of view is that Ziam doesn't turn 25 years of age until next month and has plenty of runway ahead of him, but skilled UFC fighters will exploit that weakness each and every time out if Ziam doesn't improve in that area in a hurry.
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McKinney match rescheduled
LightweightUFC
December 3, 2021
Ziam will take on Terrance McKinney on Feb. 26, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Ziam and McKinney were expected to meet No. 20, but the match was called off on the day of the fight after a member of McKinney's team tested positive for COVID-19. It was far too late for Ziam to remain on the card against a new opponent, so he'll wind up waiting just over three more months to finally return to the Octagon.
Won't fight Saturday
LightweightUFC
November 20, 2021
Ziam's scheduled bout against Terrance McKinney has been canceled after a member of McKinney's team tested positive for COVID-19.
ANALYSIS
ZIam was set to face McKinney on Saturday night but the fight had to be canceled. The two sides are already trying to figure out a new date for the two to square off.
Booked for November fight
LightweightUFC
August 24, 2021
Ziam will fight Terrance McKinney at the UFC event Nov. 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Ziam has won his last two fights, albeit on very thin margins in the judges' decisions. He'll be going against a fighter in McKinney who set the UFC lightweight record for fastest KO (seven seconds) in his company debut in June.
Hangs on for majority decision win
LightweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Ziam defeated Luigi Vendramini via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Ziam ended up hanging on for dear life in a fight that he appeared to have in the bag after the first two rounds. Appearing to be twice Vendramini's size inside the Octagon, Ziam sat back and picked his opponent apart on the feet over the course of the first ten minutes. When the bell rang for Round 3, Ziam immediately found himself on the defensive and was never able to get on track throughout the course of the frame. One judge felt Vendramini's dominant third frame earned him a 10-8 score, but the other two judges scored it 10-9, and thus Ziam took the majority decision. Ziam has now won back-to-back decisions since dropping his UFC debut to Don Madge back in September 2019.
Set to fight in June
LightweightUFC
March 12, 2021
Ziam is scheduled to enter the Octagon against Luigi Vendramini at UFC 263 on June 12, Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting reports.
ANALYSIS
Ziam will look to make it two consecutive wins when he faces Vendramini in three months from the day. His prior victory was won via unanimous decision as separated himself from his opponent in the final round of the fight. Ziam has a five-inch advantage over his opponent however, Vendramini outreaches him by nine inches. The two competitors are young and up-and-coming fighters in the promotion and are looking to prove they belong in this Lightweight bout.