Fares Ziam

Smile Killer

France

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.
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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.
Not competitive in Vegas
LightweightUFC
February 26, 2022
Ziam lost to Terrance McKinney via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:11 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Believe it or not, Ziam was a small (-115) betting favorite entering this bout. You never would have known judging by what took place inside the Octagon. Ziam found himself in a bad spot following a scramble very early in the bout and was never able to recover. These things happen, but of bigger concern for Ziam is the fact he continues to display poor submission defense. Although he has just four career defeats in 16 pro fights, three of those have come via submission. The optimistic point of view is that Ziam doesn't turn 25 years of age until next month and has plenty of runway ahead of him, but skilled UFC fighters will exploit that weakness each and every time out if Ziam doesn't improve in that area in a hurry.
McKinney match rescheduled
LightweightUFC
December 3, 2021
Ziam will take on Terrance McKinney on Feb. 26, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Ziam and McKinney were expected to meet No. 20, but the match was called off on the day of the fight after a member of McKinney's team tested positive for COVID-19. It was far too late for Ziam to remain on the card against a new opponent, so he'll wind up waiting just over three more months to finally return to the Octagon.
Won't fight Saturday
LightweightUFC
November 20, 2021
Ziam's scheduled bout against Terrance McKinney has been canceled after a member of McKinney's team tested positive for COVID-19.
ANALYSIS
ZIam was set to face McKinney on Saturday night but the fight had to be canceled. The two sides are already trying to figure out a new date for the two to square off.
Booked for November fight
LightweightUFC
August 24, 2021
Ziam will fight Terrance McKinney at the UFC event Nov. 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Ziam has won his last two fights, albeit on very thin margins in the judges' decisions. He'll be going against a fighter in McKinney who set the UFC lightweight record for fastest KO (seven seconds) in his company debut in June.