Jessin Ayari

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Jessin Ayari
Born (1992-05-31) May 31, 1992 (age 26)
Other namesAbacus
ResidenceNuremberg, Germany
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170.0 lb (77.1 kg; 12.14 st)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
StyleSambo, Kickboxing, BJJ[2]
Fighting out ofNuremberg, Germany
TeamHammers Team[3]
Planet Eater[4]
Phuket Top Team[5]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission8
By decision5
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision2
Notable relativesCousin - Khaled Ayari -footballer for Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Bulgarian First League[6]
Cousin - Hassine Ayari Tunisia Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling
Uncle - Omrane Ayari -Tunisia Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling[7][1]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jessin Ayari (born May 31, 1992) is a Tunisian-German professional mixed martial artist. He was the formal Superior Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion.[8] Ayari competes in the welterweight division of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[1]


Ayari started playing football when he was young, and played for TSV 1904 Feucht youth team as a defensive midfielder in Germany. He started training in MMA at the age of fifteen after becoming frustrated with his football teammates who did not pull their weight and give as much as him. Ayari soon transitioned to MMA and completed his first MMA fight two years later.[9]

Since MMA gyms are hard to find in Germany, Ayari goes to different gyms to train in each specific combat sport discipline. A typical day for his training starts with strength and conditioning training at Power Athletics. In the evening, he either does boxing training at West End, BJJ training at Fight Gym, MMA sparring with Hammers Team or wrestling training at Johannis Grizzlys.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ayari made his professional MMA debut on October 17, 2009 at Bavaria, Germany, and he was the former Superior Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion.[8] He had a six fight win streak with a victory win over former UFC fighter Mickael Lebout at GMC 8 in Castrop-Rauxel on April 16, 2016,[10] with professional MMA record of 15-3 prior being signed by UFC.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ayari was expected to make his UFC debut against Emil Meek on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett in Hamburg, Germany.[11][12][13] However, Meek was pulled from the fight due to a USADA conflict where receiving medical treatment of the fight against Rousimar Palhares prior to signing with the UFC[14] and he was replaced by Jim Wallhead.[15][16] Ayari won his first UFC fight via split decision.[17][18]

He next faced Darren Till on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira.[19] After three rounds of fighting, the judges handed down the win to Till via unanimous decision.[20]

Ayari faced Stevie Ray in a lightweight bout on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138[21] He lost the fight by controversial decision.[22]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Superior Fighting Championship
    • Superior Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion (one time) vs. Kerim Engizek[8]

Amateur Sambo Competition[edit]

  • Bavarian Combat Sambo Championship
    • Bavarian Combat Sambo Champion

Personal life[edit]

Ayari comes from a family of athletes; his cousin Khaled Ayari was a footballer for Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Bulgarian First League,[6] and another cousin Hassine Ayari and uncle Omrane Ayari represented Tunisia in Greco-Roman wrestling in the Olympics.[7][1]

He worked as an automotive mechanic engineer prior to fighting professionally.[1][23]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–5 Stevie Ray Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith October 27, 2018 3 5:00 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Lightweight debut.
Loss 16–4 Darren Till Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 16–3 Jim Wallhead Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett September 3, 2016 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Win 15–3 Mickael Lebout Decision (unanimous) German MMA Championship 8 April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
Win 14–3 Twan van Buuren TKO (punches) Respect FC: Caged 2 December 19, 2015 3 1:50 Karlsruhe, Germany
Win 13–3 Stanislav Futera Submission (rear-naked choke) Innferno Fighting Championship June 13, 2015 1 3:22 Tyrol, Austria
Win 12–3 Juan Manuel Suarez Decision (Unanimous) Ansgar Fighting Leag4e 2 March 14, 2015 3 5:00 Telde, Spain
Win 11–3 Ramon Boixader Submission (guillotine choke) Ansgar Fighting League 2 November 29, 2014 1 4:56 Madrid, Spain
Win 10–3 Roman Kapranov Decision (unanimous) Rhein Neckar Championship: Martial Arts Gala November 30, 2013 3 5:00 Frankenthal, Germany
Loss 9–3 Abusupiyan Magomedov TKO (punches) German MMA Championship 3 February 16, 2013 1 1:49 Herne, Germany For the GMC Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Kerim Engizek Submission (rear-naked choke) Superior FC: Tournament 2012 Part V November 24, 2012 2 3:56 Manz, Germany
Win 8–2 Aleksandar Rajacic Decision (unanimous) Superior FC: Tournament 2012 Part IV September 15, 2012 3 5:00 Duren, Germany
Loss 7–2 Alan Johnston KO (punches) On Top 5 June 2, 2012 2 2:52 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 7–1 Matthias Merkle Submission (rear-naked choke) Superior FC: Tournament 2012 Part 2 March 31, 2012 1 2:09 Göppingen, Germany
Win 6–1 Sebastian Baron TKO (retirement) Respect Fighting Championship 6 September 17, 2011 1 5:00 Wuppertal, Germany
Win 5–1 Volker Dietz TKO (broken hand) Respect Fighting Championship 5 April 9, 2011 1 1:37 Essen, Germany
Loss 4–1 Ruben Crawford Submission (rear-naked choke) Outsider Cup: Cage Fight Night 9 October 17, 2010 1 3:59 Bielefeld, Germany
Win 4–0 Wahid Beisel Submission (armbar) Outsider Cup 19 July 10, 2010 1 1:58 Berlin, Germany
Win 3–0 Arsan Tepsaev Submission (triangle choke) Outsider Cup 19 July 10, 2010 1 1:36 Berlin, Germany
Win 2–0 Frank van Lessiel Submission (arm-triangle choke) Outsider Cup 15 November 14, 2009 1 3:06 Koblenz, Germany
Win 1–0 Tobias Hollubetz Submission (armbar) Fighting Masters Championship October 17, 2009 1 2:43 Bavaria, Germany


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "UFC signs German WW Jessin Ayari". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  3. ^ "Jessin Ayari". Tapology. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Jessin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  5. ^ "UFC fighter Jessin Ayari visited PTT". Thailand MMA. 2016-12-26. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  6. ^ a b "Локомотив подписа с нападателя Халед Аяри". (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  7. ^ a b takedownindex (2011-04-11), Kareline, Alexandre (RUS) vs Ayari, Omrane (TUN), retrieved 2017-10-12
  8. ^ a b c "Superior FC Tournament 2012: Part 5 | MMA Event Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  9. ^ MMA studio (2016-06-28), Jessin Ayari UFC fighter interview, retrieved 2017-11-20
  10. ^ "Jessin Ayari Knocking on The Door of the UFC! - ArabsMMA". ArabsMMA. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  11. ^ "Emil Weber Meek signs with the UFC, faces Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night Hamburg – The MMA Report Podcast". Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  12. ^ "Emil Meek firma con UFC y enfrentará a Jessin Ayari en UFC Fight Night Hamburgo - , #1 En noticias de Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) en Español". , #1 En noticias de Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) en Español. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  13. ^ "Jessin Ayari gibt UFC-Debüt in Hamburg gegen Emil Weber Meek". (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  14. ^ "One to Watch: Jim Wallhead vs. Jessin Ayari | FIGHTLAND". Fightland. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  15. ^ "Jim Wallhead substitui Emil Meek e enfrenta Jessin Ayari no UFC Hamburgo -". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  16. ^ "'Judo Jim' finally makes UFC debut in Hamburg". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  17. ^ "Jessin Ayari vs Jim Wallhead UFC Fight Night 93 Full Fight MMA Video". MMA-Core. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  18. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  19. ^ "England's Darren Till meets Germany's Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden". MMAjunkie. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  20. ^ "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Darren Till puts on striking clinic, cruises to win over Jessin Ayari". MMAjunkie. 2017-05-28. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  21. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-23). "Stevie Ray returns against Jessin Ayari during UFC Moncton". Retrieved 2018-08-23. (in Dutch)
  22. ^ "Stevie Ray Takes the Nod (UFC Moncton Fight Highlights) |". Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  23. ^ MMA studio (2016-06-28), Jessin Ayari UFC fighter interview, retrieved 2017-10-12
  24. ^ "Jessin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15.

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