|Born||January 7, 1976|
Tashir, Armenian SFSR, USSR
|Died||June 27, 2016 (aged 40)|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Anapa, Russia|
|Team||Red Devil Sport Club|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Amar Suloev (January 7, 1976 – June 27, 2016) was an Armenian Yazidi mixed martial artist. Following his mixed martial arts career, Suloev became involved in the world of organized crime and was arrested and accused of being a contract killer. He died of stomach cancer in June 2016. During his career, he fought for the UFC, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Cage Rage, and M-1 Global.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
At UFC 35 Suloev came to fight in the premier MMA organization of the United States where he faced top light heavyweight Chuck Liddell. The fight went to decision, where Liddell was awarded the win on points. The fight was intense and Suloev demonstrated his level of skill with kickboxing as he avoided the trademark power shots of the feared American fighter. Despite the loss Amar was one of only seven fighters to take Liddell to decision. The UFC invited him back at UFC 37 to fight Phil Baroni, where a controversial knee by Suloev was landed while Baroni was on his knees getting up, shortly after the referee stood them up, Baroni landed a flurry of punches which stopped Suloev.
PRIDE Fighting Championships
After a brief stint in the UFC, Suloev returned to M-1 Global for a few fights before jumping to the top Japanese MMA promotion Pride Fighting Championships. His first fight in Pride came against top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace Dean Lister, which ended in a decision win for Amar. His next fight came against another highly regarded jiu jitsu fighter Paulo Filho, however in this fight despite some aggression and relative success in striking on the feet, Filho proved to be the far better grappler, as he got a submission victory. Top Brazilian Top Team fighter, Murilo Bustamante faced Suloev in his next Pride appearance, and on this occasion Suloev was able to largely keep the fight standing, where his strong kickboxing background guided him to a victory. In his final Pride fight Denis Kang was his opponent, and much like the fight against Filho, Suloev was unsuccessful in avoiding the submission once the fight reached the canvas.
He was charged as being a part of two assassinations and a third attempt in which a driver was killed. The alleged targets of the attempts were powerful Russian political figures. However, Suloev was never convicted of such things and there were serious problems with the state's case against him. One killer testified that Suloev had been the get away driver. But he did not match eyewitness descriptions of the driver (this in the failed assassination). Even more, his neighbor testified to meeting him on the morning of the attempt at his house at 9:05am. The attempt occurred at about 9am hundreds of kilometers away. Some of the five other defendants involved in the case were Sergei Zirinov, a Krasnodar legislative assemblyman and member of president Vladimir Putin's "Unified Russia" Party.
At the time of his death his trial had been suspended and he'd been released on bail following his stage four stomach cancer diagnoses.
Championships and Accomplishments
- M-1 Global
- 2000 M-1 MFC World Championship Tournament Winner
- 2 Hot 2 Handle
- 2H2H 3: Hotter Than Hot Tournament Winner
- World Vale Tudo Championship
- WVC 11 Middleweight Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||24 wins||7 losses|
|Win||24–7||Jacek Buczko||TKO (kick and punches)||M-1 Challenge 2: Russia||April 3, 2008||1||0:56||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||23–7||Chael Sonnen||TKO (punches)||BodogFIGHT: Alvarez vs. Lee||July 14, 2007||2||3:33||Trenton, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||23–6||Andy Foster||KO (punches)||BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations||April 14, 2007||1||0:26||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||22–6||Hun Kim||TKO (punches)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. Korea||January 20, 2007||1||4:35||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||21–6||Denis Kang||Submission (one-arm strangle)||PRIDE Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||4:10||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||21–5||Murilo Bustamante||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||20–5||James Nicholl||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 16||April 22, 2006||1||5:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||19–5||Damien Riccio||KO (knee)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. France||November 3, 2005||1||1:25||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||18–5||Paulo Filho||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE: Bushido 6||April 3, 2005||1||4:22||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||18–4||Dean Lister||Decision (split)||PRIDE Bushido 4||July 19, 2004||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||17–4||Din Thomas||TKO (punches and soccer kicks)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003||December 31, 2003||1||4:22||Kobe, Japan|
|Win||16–4||Yushin Okami||TKO (punches)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 6||October 10, 2003||1||4:44||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||15–4||Julian Gonzales||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 4||November 15, 2002||1||1:38||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||14–4||Paul Cahoon||Submission (Suloev stretch)||2H2H 5: Simply the Best||October 13, 2002||1||1:03||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||13–4||Phil Baroni||TKO (punches)||UFC 37||May 10, 2002||1||2:55||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||13–3||Chuck Liddell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 35||January 11, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Light Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||13–2||Moise Rimbon||TKO (punches)||2H2H 3: Hotter Than Hot||October 7, 2001||2||4:48||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Won 2H2H 3: Hotter Than Hot Tournament.|
|Win||12–2||Paul Cahoon||Decision (2–0 points)||2H2H 3: Hotter Than Hot||October 7, 2001||2||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands||2H2H 3: Hotter Than Hot Tournament Semifinals.|
|Win||11–2||Patrick de Witte||Submission (armbar)||2H2H 3: Hotter Than Hot||October 7, 2001||1||1:11||Rotterdam, Netherlands||2H2H 3: Hotter Than Hot Tournament Quarterfinals.|
|Win||10–2||Pedro Otavio||KO (punches)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 1||April 27, 2001||1||3:40||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||9–2||Valentin Siouljine||TKO (injury)||Pancration Cup of Russia 1||December 1, 2000||1||4:52||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||8–2||Alexander Mayorov||TKO (strikes)||PCR: Pancration Cup of Russia 1||December 1, 2000||1||1:31||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||7–2||Vagam Bodjukyan||Submission (choke)||M-1 MFC: World Championship 2000||November 11, 2000||2||2:51||St. Petersburg, Russia||Won M-1 MFC World Championship Tournament.|
|Win||6–2||Rick Rootlieb||Submission (choke)||M-1 MFC: World Championship 2000||November 11, 2000||3||0:31||St. Petersburg, Russia||M-1 MFC World Championship Tournament Semifinals.|
|Win||5–2||Andrei Semenov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Vale Tudo Championship 11||May 27, 2000||1||1:47||Recife, Brazil||Won WVC 11 Middleweight Tournament.|
|Win||4–2||Alberto Prima||Submission (kicks)||World Vale Tudo Championship 11||May 27, 2000||1||1:25||Recife, Brazil||WVC 11 Middleweight Tournament Semifinals.|
|Win||3–2||Luis Alberto||KO (kick)||WVC 11: World Vale Tudo Championship 11||May 27, 2000||1||2:26||Recife, Brazil||WVC 11 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals.|
|Win||2–2||Erik Oganov||Submission (armbar)||Pankration World Championship 2000 Day 1||April 28, 2000||1||0:21||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||1–2||Darrel Gholar||Decision||PCNC: Pancration Cup of North Caucasus||April 9, 2000||2||10:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||1–1||Sergei Yankovski||Decision||PCNC: Pancration Cup of North Caucasus||March 5, 2000||2||10:00||Rostov, Russia|
|Loss||0–1||Andrei Semenov||Submission (armbar)||M-1 MFC: World Championship 1999||April 9, 1999||1||6:08||St. Petersburg, Russia||1999 M-1 MFC Middleweight Tournament Semifinals.|
- Professional MMA record for Amar Suloev from Sherdog
- "Одним из подручных депутата Зиринова был известный боец Амар Сулоев". yuga.ru. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- "Amar Suloev Dead At Age 40". mmanews.com. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Zidan, Karim (30 April 2016). "MMA Hitman: The former UFC fighter who became a dangerous contract killer". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- "Свидетель рассказал суду о передаче Зиринову сумки с автоматом". Kavkaz Uzel (in Russian). 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- "В СИЗО погибает чемпион". Versia.ru (in Russian). 15 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- M-1 MFC World Championship 2000
- WVC 11 Middleweight Tournament
- Gould, K. J. (24 February 2013). "UFC 157 Judo Chop: Kenny Robertson's 'Suloev Stretch' kneebar submission against Brock Jardine". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 5 July 2016.