Fares Ziam

Smile Killer

France

Improves to 5-1 in past six
LightweightUFC
February 24, 2024
Ziam defeated Claudio Puelles via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
ANALYSIS
Things got hairy for Ziam when the decision was announced, but he most definitely deserved to win. Fares lapped Puelles in terms of damage on the feet, closing with a 31-4 edge in terms of total strikes landed. He did give up a whopping seven takedowns, but thankfully for Ziam, Puelles never generated any real damage despite his seemingly constant positional advantages. Still just 26 years of age, Ziam has quietly won five of his last six dating back to October 2020. The lone concern is that all five of those victories have come via decision.
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Set to fight Puelles
LightweightUFC
January 10, 2024
Ziam will fight Claudio Puelles at UFC Mexico on Feb. 24, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Coming off back-to-back wins over Michal Figlak and Jai Herbert, Ziam will look to stay hot against Puelles, who lost his most recent fight. Along with momentum, the 26-year-old Ziam will have height and reach advantages in his favor.
Barely gets past Jai Herbert
LightweightUFC
July 22, 2023
Ziam defeated Jai Herbert via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
ANALYSIS
The final numbers in this fight were lopsided, particularly on the feet. Ziam closed with a 96-58 edge in total strikes landed, in addition to connecting on the only successful takedown of the bout. He definitely landed the more damaging blows but was unable to gain any consistent separation from Herbert, to the point that this result appeared to be in doubt when the final bell rang. Ziam has been inconsistent over the course of his near four years with the company, but his 4-2 career mark with the UFC in perfectly reasonable. Ziam also won't be 27 years of age until next March. There's some potential long-term staying power here.
Set to fight in London
LightweightUFC
April 29, 2023
Ziam will fight Jai Herbert at UFC London on July 22, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Ziam will compete against Herbert after impressing at UFC Fight Night back in September in Paris. The bout will likely be competed in the lightweight class.
Pulls upset in Paris
LightweightUFC
September 3, 2022
Ziam defeated Michal Figlak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Paris.
ANALYSIS
Full marks to Ziam for this strong showing. The UFC reportedly already told him they wouldn't be renewing his contract when it expired, so Ziam accepted this fight against a highly-regarded prospect in Figlak and dominated from bell-to-bell as a +180 underdog. Ziam landed more than twice as many total strikes as his opponent (111-55), while connecting on three takedowns, good for 6:48 worth of control time. It was the type of performance that could very easily earn Ziam another opportunity with the UFC. His improvements inside the Octagon were extremely noticeable.
Will fight in Paris
LightweightUFC
August 16, 2022
Ziam will take on Michal Figlak at the UFCeven on Sept. 3, the LaSueur Podcast reports.
ANALYSIS
Ziam will be hopping to rebound after being submitted by Terrance Mckinney in February. That was Ziam's first lost in the UFC after starting his career with the promotion with two straight narrow victories.