Abdul Razak Alhassan

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Abdul Razak Alhassan
Born (1985-08-11) August 11, 1985 (age 32)
Accra, Ghana
Other names Judo Thunder[1]
Nationality Ghanaian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (155–170 Ib)
Middleweight (170–185 Ib)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Fighting out of Forth Worth, Texas, United States
Rank Black belt in Judo[2]
Years active 2013-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 9
By knockout 9
Losses 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Abdul Razak Alhassan is a Ghanaian mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division in the UFC. A professional competitor since 2013, Alhassan formerly competed for Bellator and Legacy Fighting Championship.[3][4][5][6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After training and competing in judo for 22 years and earning his black belt, Alhassan transitioned to mixed martial arts. He made his professional debut in 2013, winning via TKO in just 25 seconds. Alhassan then compiled an overall record of 6-0 before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Alhassan made his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 against Charlie Ward on November 19, 2016. He won via knockout just 53 seconds into the first round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[7][8]

Alhassan then faced Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira on May 28, 2017.[9] He lost via split decision.[10]

Alhassan faced Sabah Homasi on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[11] He won the fight via TKO in the first round. The win was fraught with controversy as referee Herb Dean had stopped the fight prematurely.[12]

Due to the controversial stoppage in the first fight, a rematch with Homasi was held on January 20, 2018 at UFC 220.[13] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[14] The win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus[15] and made the Sportscenter top 10.

Alhassan was expected to face Muslim Salikhov on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29.[16] However, he was removed from the card due to injury.[17]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–1 Sabah Homasi KO (punch) UFC 220 January 20, 2018 1 3:47 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 8–1 Sabah Homasi TKO (punches) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 1 4:21 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 7–1 Omari Akhmedov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 7–0 Charlie Ward KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 November 19, 2016 1 0:53 Belfast, Northern Ireland Performance of the Night.
Win 6–0 Jos Eichelberger TKO (punches) Legacy FC 61 October 14, 2016 1 0:57 Dallas, Texas, United States Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.
Win 5–0 Ken Jackson TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 47: Night of Champions August 13, 2016 1 0:40 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 4–0 Bryce Shepard-Mejia KO (punch) Bellator 143 September 25, 2015 1 1:26 Hidalgo, Texas, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 3–0 Matt McKeon TKO (punches) Rocks Xtreme MMA 12 February 28, 2015 1 0:47 Harker Heights, Texas, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 2–0 Matt Jones TKO (punches) Bellator 111 March 7, 2014 1 1:23 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight (190 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Kolby Adams TKO (punches) Xtreme Knockout 20 November 23, 2013 1 0:25 Arlington, Texas, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simon, Zane (16 November 2016). "UFC Belfast gets last minute WW fight". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Abdul Razak Alhassan - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The accidental assassin: Abdul Razak Alhassan on his reluctant path to UFC Fight Night 109". 25 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Al-Shatti, Shaun (7 March 2014). "Bellator 111 results: Dantas ve. Leone". Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Alexander, Mookie (25 September 2015). "Bellator 143: Warren wins snoozer, Grove gets TKO". Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "UFC Fight Night 99 results: Abdul Razak Alhassan drops Charlie Ward in 53-second slugfest". 19 November 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Dann Stupp (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 99 results: Abdul Razak Alhassan drops Charlie Ward in 53-second slugfest". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  8. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 99 bonuses: Marshman, Lee, Ledet, Alhassan collect $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  9. ^ Marcel Dorff (2017-04-05). "Omari Akhmedov will fight KO-Specialist Abdul Razak Alhassan in Stockholm". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-04-05. (in Dutch)
  10. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Omari Akhmedov hands Abdul Razak Alhassan first loss". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  11. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2017-09-28). "Sabah Homasi to fight Abdul Razak Alhassan at UFC 218". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 
  12. ^ "UFC 218 results: Abdul Razak Alhassan TKOs Sabah Homasi in first, despite wide protests of stoppage". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-03. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi shifted to UFC 220". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  14. ^ "UFC 220 results: Abdul Razak Alhassan leaves no doubt in rematch with Sabah Homasi". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  15. ^ "UFC 220 bonuses: Daniel Cormier, Abdul Razak Alhassan among $50,000 winners". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  16. ^ Greg Moore (2018-02-15). "Matt Lopez vs. Alejandro Perez added to UFC on Fox 29 at Gila River Arena". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  17. ^ Sherdog.com. "Ricky Rainey Replaces Abdul Razak Alhassan, Meets Muslim Salikhov at UFC on Fox 29". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-03-31.