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|Born||April 13, 1985|
La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||70.31 kg (155.0 lb; 11.072 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Antônio "Nino" Schembri|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: May 25, 2016
Mehdi Baghdad (born 13 April 1985) is a French mixed martial artist who fights out of Los Angeles, California. He previously fought for the UFC in the lightweight division. He was a contestant on The Ultimate fighter 22: Team McGregor vs Team Faber.
Mixed martial arts career
Baghdad started training at the age of 16 and had his first fight at the age of 20. He went on to become a world champion in Muay Thai, WKBC also lightweight champion in RFA MMA. Baghdad is inspired by his father who died when he was young, and former world champion boxer Prince Naseem Hamed. Baghdad's first loss was handed to him by UFC competitor Charles Oliveira. Baghdad's nickname is Sultan, which in Arabic means High King / Emperor.
The Ultimate Fighter
Baghdad joined the Ultimate Fighter 22: Team McGregor vs Team Faber. Baghdad defeated Artem Lobov via majority decision after two rounds. He then joined McGregor's team (European team). Unfortunately Julian Erosa defeated Mehdi Baghdad via majority decision after two rounds in the preliminary fights, this would eliminate him from the tournament.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Despite losing TUF 22 Baghdad would still be signed by the promotion and would have his first match against Chris Wade on UFC Fight Night 81 on January 17, 2016. Baghdad would lose 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the first round by tapping out to the rear - naked choke.
Baghdad was scheduled to face Jon Tuck on October 15, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97. However, Baghdad pulled out of the fight in mid-September citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Volkanovski. In turn, Baghdad was released from the promotion.
The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption
In February 2017, it was revealed that Baghdad would again compete on the UFC's reality show in the 25th season on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. Baghdad was the second pick overall for Team Garbrandt. He faced Jesse Taylor in the opening round and lost via unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||11 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||11–6||Pawel Kielek||Decision (Unanimous)||Brave 12 - KHK Legacy||May 11, 2018||3||5:00||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Loss||11–5||John Makdessi||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez||July 7, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–4||Chris Wade||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz||January 17, 2016||1||4:30||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||11–3||Zach Juusola||TKO (punches)||RFA 21 - Juusola vs. Baghdad||December 5, 2014||4||2:37||Costa Mesa, California, United States||Won the vacant RFA Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3||Evan Delong||TKO (punches)||RFA 18 - Manzanares vs. Pantoja||September 12, 2014||1||1:55||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Return to Lightweight.|
|Win||9–3||Nicholas Christy||Submission (choke)||West Coast FC 7: Griffin vs. Gonzalez||November 16, 2013||2||4:57||Sacramento, California, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||8–3||Dionisio Ramirez||Submission (choke)||BAMMA USA: Badbeat 11||October 25, 2013||2||1:53||Commerce, California, United States||Won the BAMMA USA Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Tom Douglas||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge: Summer Heat||June 30, 2013||1||0:42||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||6–3||Dominic Gutierrez||Submission (anaconda choke)||All Star Boxing||September 21, 2012||2||2:31||Oceanside, California, United States|
|Win||5–3||Mike Sandez||KO (punch)||Marconi Fight Night||March 9, 2012||1||2:30||Tustin, California, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Yves Landu||Decision (unanimous)||100% Fight 5||May 28, 2011||2||5:00||Paris, France|
|Win||4–2||Randall Jimenez||TKO (soccer kicks and punches)||Xtreme Vale Todo 5: Franca vs. Kheder||December 19, 2010||1||0:37||Cartago, Costa Rica|
|Win||3–2||Jeffry Lopez Madrigal||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Vale Todo 4||June 26, 2010||1||3:45||Guanacaste, Costa Rica|
|Loss||2–2||Juan Puig||TKO (punches)||Panama Fight League: Ultimate Combat Challenge 5||May 22, 2010||2||3:37||Panama City, Panama|
|Win||2–1||Rudy Saoudi||TKO (leg kicks)||100% Fight: Contenders 4||October 10, 2009||2||1:43||Paris, France|
|Loss||1–1||Charles Oliveira||TKO (punches)||Kawai Arena 1||December 13, 2008||1||0:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Unknown Fighter||TKO (knees and punches)||Rio Recreio Fighting||March 14, 2007||1||2:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||1–2||Jesse Taylor||Decision (Unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Garbrandt vs Team Dillashaw||May 3, 2017||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Eliminated from the TUF 25 tournament|
|Loss||1–1||Julian Erosa||Decision (majority)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber||October 21, 2015||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Eliminated from the TUF 22 tournament|
|Win||1–0||Artem Lobov||Decision (majority)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber||September 9, 2015||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Entered in the TUF 22 tournament|
- "Mehdi Baghdad - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- Sherdog.com. "Mehdi". sherdog.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "UFC Fight Night 81 results: Chris Wade runs through Mehdi Baghdad in first round". mmajunkie.com. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad joins UFC 199 lineup". mmajunkie.com. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi Results and News - UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez - MMA Fighting". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-07). "UFC Fight Night 90 results: John Makdessi gets past Mehdi Baghdad with narrow split-decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
- Staff (2016-09-02). "Jon Tuck vs. Mehdi Baghdad added to UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
- Chris (2016-09-15). "Alex Volkanovski set to face Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 97". fightnewsaustralia.com. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
- Marc Raimondi (2017-02-15). "Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15.