Zarrukh Adashev
The Lion


Matchup with Ronderos scrapped
June 16, 2021
Adashev announced Wednesday via his personal Instagram account that Juancamilo Ronderos withdrew from their scheduled flyweight fight at the UFC's July 31 event.
Adashev is expected to remain on the July 31 card while the UFC seeks a replacement for Ronderos, whose reason for withdrawing is unknown at this time. Since signing with the UFC last summer, Adashev has gone 1-1 in his two fights with the promotion.
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Will fight in late July
June 14, 2021
Adashev will take on Juancamilo Ronderos in a flyweight bout at the UFC event on July 31, Sergio Pineiro of reports.
Adashev was supposed to fight back in early May, but the fight was canceled after his opponent, Ryan Benoit, came in three pounds over the limit. Adashev will hope to avoid to falling to 0-3 in the UFC.
Fight off Saturday
May 7, 2021
Adashev's fight scheduled for Saturday against Ryan Benoit has been canceled, reports.
The Nevada Athletic Commission made the swift decision to cancel the fight after Benoit struggled to stand upright and wound up coming in three pounds over the limit. Adashev will thus have to wait for his next opportunity to retake the Octagon, though it's unclear exactly when it will be at this point.
Next fight on the books
February 11, 2021
Adashev will square off against Ryan Benoit on the May 8 card, reports.
Adashev put up some fight against Su Mdaerji in January but was ultimately bested and has opened his UFC career with an unenviable 0-2-0 record. Next up is an opponent in Benoit who is also coming off a pair of losses and who hasn't fought since last June due to a medical suspension for a right thumb injury. Adashev and Benoit sport matching heights but he does yield three inches to his opponent in the reach department.
Falls, but game opponent
January 20, 2021
Adashev lost to Su Mudaerji via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
Adashev made Mudaerji respect his striking out of the gates and wasn't afraid to jump into the pocket. While he was able to land some offense, it was still Mudaerji landing the cleaner and more consistent strikes. Adashev tried to mix things up with a level change in Round 2, and while he didn't get the takedown, it opened the door for two big right hands and a left hook in the break. Adashev continued to build confidence with another big shot, but his momentum was halted by a counter check hook from Mudaerji that had him wobbled. Round 3 was another technical battle, but the reach advantage for Mudaerji started to become more apparent, as Adashev was hitting air (mostly) while Mudaerji was connecting. Adashev made a charge late and connected with a dangerous shot, but it wasn't enough to get the finish.
Gets new opponent
December 31, 2020
Adashev will now take on Su Mudaerji in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Island 8 on Jan. 20, reports.
Adashev was initially slated to take on Jeff Molina in January, but Molina was forced to withdraw due to COVID-19. Mudaerji will step in on short notice so Adashev can remain on the card. Adashev most recently lost to Tyson Nam via KO (punches) in June and was issued a medical suspension following the fight. Mudaerji returned to the flyweight division in late November and defeated Malcolm Gordon via KO (punches) at 0:44 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 18. While Adashev struggled in his UFC debut on short notice in June, he'll need to turn things around against a tough opponent in January. Adashev has an advantage in height, but Mudaerji carries an edge in reach.