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"The Sledgehammer"

Ilir Latifi

Heavyweight Division

16-8-1 (W-L-D)

6

Wins by Knockout

5

Wins by Submission

14

Wins by Decision

Ilir Latifi

athlete record

Event Results

Info

Learn more about Ilir Latifi's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Hometown
Malmo, Sweden
Trains at
Team Latifi
Age
39
Height
70.00
Weight
230.00
Octagon Debut
Apr. 06, 2013
Reach
73.50
Leg reach
41.00

Fighter Facts 

  • Pro since 2008
     
  • Five wins by submission (2 guillotine, keylock, armbar, undisclosed submission), six by knockout
     
  • 6-5 in his last 11
     
  • Third UFC fight at heavyweight (1-1)
     
  • Nine first round finishes

 

UFC History 

UFC Fight Night (6/5/21) Latifi won a three round split decision over Tanner Boser
UFC 247 (2/8/20) Latifi lost a three round unanimous decision to Derrick Lewis
UFC Fight Night (8/10/19) Latifi was knocked out by Volkan Oezdemir at 4:31 of the second round
UFC 232 (12/29/18) Latifi lost a three round unanimous decision to Corey Anderson
UFC on FOX (2/24/18) Latifi submitted Ovince Saint Preux via guillotine choke at 3:48 of the first round
UFC 215 (9/9/17) Latifi won a three round unanimous decision over Tyson Pedro
UFC Fight Night (9/3/16) Latifi was knocked out by Ryan Bader at 2:06 of the second round
UFC 196 (3/5/16) Latifi won a three round unanimous decision over Gian Villante
UFC Fight Night (1/17/16) Latifi knocked out Sean O’Connell at :28 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (7/18/15) Latifi knocked out Hans Stringer at :56 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (10/4/14) Latifi was stopped by Jan Blachowicz via strikes at 1:58 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (7/19/14) Latifi knocked out Chris Dempsey at 2:07 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (3/8/14) Latifi submitted Cyrille Diabate via guillotine choke at 3:02 of the first round
UFC on FUEL TV (4/6/13) Latifi lost a three round unanimous decision to Gegard Mousasi

 

Q&A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting MMA 13 years ago to reach a new level after I stopped with wrestling.
What ranks and titles have you held? National team wrestler, Nordic champion, ADCC European champion, Superior Challenge champion
Do you have any heroes? Muhammad Ali
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Becoming the UFC champion has always been my dream. It feels great to finally be here and taking the first step towards that goal.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Sportscience University
What was your job before you started fighting? Teaching wrestling and MMA
Favorite grappling technique: Leg lock
Favorite Striking technique: Right hook