Amir Aliakbari

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Amir Aliakbari
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BornAmir Aziz Aliakbari[1]
(1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 30)
Sarab, Iran
NationalityIranian
Alma materIslamic Azad University of Eslamshahr[2]
Sports career
CountryIran (Iranian Azerbaijani)
SportSport wrestling
Event(s)Greco-Roman
Height6 ft 3[3] in (191 cm)
Weight119[4] kg (262 lb; 18 st 10 lb)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
Years active2005–2013; 2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total9
Wins8
By knockout6
By decision2
Losses1
By knockout1
Notable club(s)American Top Team via AKA Thailand
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Amir Aliakbari (Persian: امير على‌اكبرى‎, born 11 December 1987) is an Iranian from Azerbaijani roots, former Greco-Roman wrestler, and current mixed martial artist competing in the Heavyweight division of ACB. He formerly competes at Rizin Fighting Federation. Aliakbari now competes at ACB organization.

Wrestling career[edit]

In 2007–2008, he wrestled for Melli Haffari Company Ahvaz Sports Club of Iranian Premier Wrestling League.[5]

He missed the 2012 Summer Olympics due to a doping suspension.[1]

In 2013 World Wrestling Championships, 120 kg he initially won a gold medal, making him a two-times world champion,[6] however in December 2013, International Wrestling Federation, FILA banned Aliakbari for life after a second doping offence. He was stripped of his gold medal and Heiki Nabi was moved up to gold.[1]

Greco-Roman results[edit]

Source:[7]
World Championships Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Gold at the 2013 UWW World Championships at 120kg
Win 14–1 Estonia Heiki Nabi 4–0 2013-09-16 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary Stripped of Gold Medal
Win 13–1 Turkey Riza Kayaalp 4–1 2013-09-16 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 12–1 Germany Eduard Popp 7–0 2013-09-16 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 11–1 Sweden Johan Euren 7–0 2013-09-16 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 10–1 Ukraine Oleksandr Chernetskyi 3–1F 2013-09-16 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Gold at the 2010 UWW World Championships at 96kg
Win 9–1 Belarus Tsimafai Dzeinichenka 2–2, 1–0 2010-09-06 2010 World Wrestling Championships Russia Moscow, Russia
Win 8–1 Russia Aslanbek Khushtov 1–0, 1–0 2010-09-06 2010 World Wrestling Championships Russia Moscow, Russia
Win 7–1 Bulgaria Kaloyan Dinchev 3–0, 1–0 2010-09-06 2010 World Wrestling Championships Russia Moscow, Russia
Win 6–1 Egypt Mohamed Abdelfatah 1–0, 1–0 2010-09-06 2010 World Wrestling Championships Russia Moscow, Russia
Win 5–1 Uzbekistan Davyd Saldadze 1–0, 1–0 2010-09-06 2010 World Wrestling Championships Russia Moscow, Russia
Bronze at the 2009 UWW World Championships at 96kg
Win 4–1 Uzbekistan Davyd Saldadze 1–0, 2–2 2009-09-26 2009 World Wrestling Championships Denmark Herning, Denmark
Loss 3–1 Hungary Balázs Kiss 1–0, 0–5, 0–1 2009-09-26 2009 World Wrestling Championships Denmark Herning, Denmark
Win 3–0 Romania Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu 2–0, 1–0 2009-09-26 2009 World Wrestling Championships Denmark Herning, Denmark
Win 2–0 Bulgaria Kaloyan Dinchev 3–0, 3–0 2009-09-26 2009 World Wrestling Championships Denmark Herning, Denmark
Win 1–0 Denmark Jesper Viholt 5–0, 4–0 2009-09-26 2009 World Wrestling Championships Denmark Herning, Denmark

MMA career[edit]

In 2014, Aliakbari signed an agreement with the MMA management company, Paradigm Sports Management, based in USA,[4] At the same time, he signed on to train under UFC star Mike Swick of AKA Thailand in Phuket, Thailand also training alongside UFC fighters Mark Hunt and Soa Palelei.[8] He is the first world class Iranian wrestler to pursue an MMA career.[8]

Early career[edit]

Aliakbari made his professional MMA debut in October 2015, defeating Hyung Chul-Lee via TKO in the first round. His second bout came two months later as he defeated Radu Spinghel via TKO in the first round.

Rizin FF[edit]

In early 2016, it was announced that Aliakbari signed with the Japanese promotion Rizin Fighting Federation. He made his debuted in September in the first round of the openweight grand prix against Joao Isidoro Almeida. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. Aliakbari was scheduled to face former UFC champion Shane Carwin in the quarter-finals in December 2016. However, Carwin withdrew from the tournament and he instead faced Heath Herring. Aliakbari won the bout by unanimous decision. In the final stage of the tournament on December 31, Aliakbari faced Valentin Moldavsky. He won the fight via split decision. He then faced Mirko Cro Cop in the finals on the same night and lost the fight via knockout. He then defeated Geronimo dos Santos and Tyler King via TKO.

ACB[edit]

On December 2017 Aliakbari announced departure from Rizin and Joining ACB. His first opponent was Denis Smoldarev, who Aliakbari defeated via KO/TKO at 2:27 of Round 1 on March 24, 2018. He is going to have four opponents in ACB.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–1 Daniel Omielańczuk Decision (Unanimous) ACB 89 September 8, 2018 3 5:00 Krasnodar, Russia
Win 8–1 Denis Smoldarev TKO (Elbows and Punches) ACB 83: Borisov vs. Kerimov March 24, 2018 1 2:25 Baku, Azerbaijan
Win 7–1 Tyler King TKO (punches) Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round Part 1 July 30, 2017 1 1:39 Saitama, Japan
Win 6–1 Gerônimo dos Santos TKO (punches) Rizin FF 5: Sakura April 16, 2017 1 3:34 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 5–1 Mirko Cro Cop KO (punches) Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round December 31, 2016 1 2:03 Saitama, Japan 2016 Rizin Open-Weight Grand Prix Final.
Win 5–0 Valentin Moldavsky Decision (split) Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round December 31, 2016 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan 2016 Rizin Open-Weight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 4–0 Heath Herring Decision (unanimous) Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round December 29, 2016 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan 2016 Rizin World Grand Prix Quarterfinals
Win 3–0 Joao Isidoro Almeida TKO (punches) Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 1st Round September 25, 2016 1 2:25 Saitama, Japan 2016 Rizin World Grand Prix First Round
Win 2–0 Radu Spinghel TKO (punches) Real Fight Championship 3 December 5, 2015 1 1:02 Yokohama, Japan
Win 1–0 Hyung Chul-Lee TKO (punches) Full Metal Dojo 7: Full Metal Massacre October 31, 2015 1 0:17 Bangkok, Thailand

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Grohmann, Karolos (December 14, 2013). Josh Reich, ed. "Iran's wrestling world champion Akbari banned for life". Reuters. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Athletes / ALIAKBARI Amir". 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013 Official Website. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Amir-Aliakbari-199121
  4. ^ a b گفت‌وگو با کشتی‌گیر سابق تیم ملی که می‌خواهد در قفس مرگ آمریکا مبارزه کند/ قهرمان شوم ۱۵ میلیارد می‌گیرم [An Interview with former national team wrestler who wants to fight in American death cages]. Khabaronline (in Persian). Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  5. ^ اسامي كشتی‌گيران و مربيان تيم‌های شركت‌كننده در ليگ برتر فرنگی جام خليج فارس. Iran Wrestling Federation (in Persian). Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Amir Ali-Akbari Greco-Roman world champ, Iran 4th best". IRNA. September 23, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  7. ^ StrikeScoreMMA.com (Sept. 23, 2016) "Amir Aliakbari is a darkhorse in the Rizin tournament".
  8. ^ a b "Iranian wrestling world champion Aliakbari training for MMA career at AKA Thailand". Bloody Elbow. October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.

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