Fares Ziam
Smile Killer


Notches questionable decision win
October 17, 2020
Ziam defeated Jamie Mullarkey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28,) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Ziam did well to frustrate his opponent with movement and counter shots in Round 1 and capped off the frame with a slick reversal from bottom position. The fight got dicey from there, however, as Mullarkey's persistence in the grappling paid off, and Ziam found himself controlled on his back for large portions of the remaining rounds. A scramble in Round 3 where he almost took Mullarkey's back must have done it for the judges, though it's a bit of a tough sell, as the opponent controlled the round to that point. Regardless, Ziam gets his first win in the Octagon after a frustrating loss to Don Madge in his debut. It's clear Ziam is a skilled kickboxer with a nice defensive juijitsu game, but he's going to need to stay on his feet if he's going to have sustained sucess. Ziam improves to 11-3 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Oct. 17 fight booked
September 23, 2020
Ziam will take on Jamie Mullarkey at the UFC event October 17, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Ziam will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since losing to Don Madge via unanimous decision back in September of 2019. He will be making his second UFC start at lightweight.
Gets stalled out in debut
September 7, 2019
Ziam lost to Don Madge via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 29-28) at UFC 242 in The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Ziam came into this fight as a credentialed kickboxer, which may be the reason his opponent decided to employ a clinch-heavy attack. Ziam was stifled from the opening bell, as Madge would pressure and look to clinch during every exchange. The brief moments we saw of him in space looked promising, so it will be interesting to see Ziam in a matchup with an opponent willing to strike. He falls to 10-3 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Set to make UFC debut
August 21, 2019
Ziam will face Don Madge at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, MMAJunkie.com reports.
After Madge's original opponent Magomed Mustafaev withdrew due to undisclosed reasons, Ziam will make his UFC debut. The Algerian-French national will have a huge opportunity, as he's been tabbed an intriguing prospect with a 10-2-0 professional record. The fight will give Ziam the chance to prove himself against another top prospect in Madge.