Zarrukh Adashev

The Lion

Uzbekistan

Fight booked for January
FlyweightUFC
September 23, 2021
Adashev will take on Kleydson Rodrigues in a flyweight bout at the UFC event Jan. 15, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Adashev is coming off his first UFC victory back at the end of July when he defeated Ryan Benoit by unanimous decision. That came after he started his UFC stint with back-to-back losses. Rodrigues will be making his UFC debut after just earning at contract for his performance in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.
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Picks up first UFC victory
FlyweightUFC
July 31, 2021
Adashev defeated Ryan Benoit via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 28 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Believe it or not, Adashev didn't accomplish a ton in what ended up being a lopsided victory. He battered Benoit with a few vicious leg kicks in Round 1 and essentially coasted the rest of the way. Adashev did have to survive being knocked down late in Round 1, but he was never in trouble the remainder of the bout. Adashev has some pop in his hands and is aggressive on the feet, but his defense is lacking and he has just seven professional bouts under his belt. On the bright side, this fight most certainly saved his job following back-to-back losses to begin his UFC run.
Fight against Benoit rebooked
FlyweightUFC
July 5, 2021
Adashev's upcoming fight against Ryan Benoit has been rebooked, according to Nolan King and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com.
ANALYSIS
The bout was expected to take place May 8, and now it has been rescheduled for July 31 -- the same date where Adashev was expected to fight against Juancamilo Ronderos. Adashev will look to earn his first UFC win in his third attempt.
Matchup with Ronderos scrapped
FlyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Will fight in late July
FlyweightUFC
June 14, 2021
Adashev will take on Juancamilo Ronderos in a flyweight bout at the UFC event on July 31, Sergio Pineiro of FighterPath.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
May 7, 2021
Adashev's fight scheduled for Saturday against Ryan Benoit has been canceled, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.