Ilir Latifi
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Est. Return 11/1/2021
Suffers broken arm in win
June 9, 2021
Latifi suffered two fractures in his arm during his split decision win over Tanner Boser last weekend, reports.
Early in the first round is when Liatifi said that he suffered the fracture to his arm in two places. It was pretty incredible that he was able to push through it and get the win. It's unclear exactly how long this arm fracture will keep him out for.
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Escapes with split decision
June 6, 2021
Latifi defeated Tanner Boser via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
Latifi's days of low striking output continued here, as he has yet to record more than 44 significant strikes in any one of 14 UFC fights. That hasn't changed with his move up to heavyweight, as he was outlanded 45 to 10 by Boser in the three-round affair. Still, the judges awarded him the split decision on the back of a pair of takedowns and 6:38 of control time. This was a must-win fight for Latifi following a three-fight losing streak, and whether or not you think he deserved to get it, the victory could very well buy him some more time with the promotion.
Matches up with Boser
March 12, 2021
Latifi will face Tanner Boser in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event June 5, Damon Martin of reports.
Latifi was handed a defeat by Derrick Lewis via unanimous decision in early February in his heavyweight debut, and he's currently mired in a three-bout losing streak. Boser is coming off a rough loss to Andrei Arlovski in November after entering the matchup as a heavy favorite.
Drops decision to Derrick Lewis
February 8, 2020
Latifi lost to Derrick Lewis via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
Latifi made a concerted effort to limit the time and space of Lewis, and for the most part, he did a good job. He ate a dozen or so shots that would have felled any mere mortal, but Latifi tied Lewis up whenever possible and was credited with three successful takedowns on six attempts. The issue for Latifi was that he did nothing with his positional advantage. It became immediately clear all Latifi was trying to do was hold Lewis on his back. The fact Latifi managed to last 15 minutes with a power puncher like Lewis in his heavyweight debut is a good sign, but his durability was never in question. Latifi is going to be undersized against most every man in the division and he simply doesn't possess the offensive arsenal to finish his opposition.
Facing Derrick Lewis in February
November 18, 2019
Latifi is expected to take on Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight match on Feb. 8, in an event which is expected to take place in Houston, reports.
Latifi has been a light heavyweight since 2009 and will face a tough opponent in his first heavyweight fight in over a decade, as Lewis was fighting to the heavyweight title as recently as November of 2018. He lost that match as well as his next one, but bounced back with a victory over Blagoy Ivanov in his most recent match. Latifi is coming off a pair of losses himself.
Moving to heavyweight
October 14, 2019
Latifi is planning to move to heavyweight for his next fight, John Morgan of reports.
Latifi began his professional career at heavyweight, which included a no contest and a knockout win prior to his move to light heavyweight in 2009. The 36-year-old has suffered losses in his last two fights, and a change in weight class could help to get things back on track. Latifi carries a 15-7 record as a professional fighter, including a 7-5 UFC record.