Mehdi Baghdad

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Mehdi Baghdad
Born (1985-04-13) April 13, 1985 (age 33)
La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
Other namesSultan[1]
NationalityFrench
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight70.31 kg (155.0 lb; 11.072 st)
DivisionLightweight (2007–present)[2]
Reach75.0 in (191 cm)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofLos Angeles, California, United States
TeamBlack house
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Antônio "Nino" Schembri[1]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins11
By knockout8
By submission3
Losses6
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision3
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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3]

Baghdad was expected to face John Makdessi on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199[4] but was rescheduled to July 7, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 90.[5] Makdessi was awarded a split decision victory.[6]

Baghdad was scheduled to face Jon Tuck on October 15, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97.[7] However, Baghdad pulled out of the fight in mid-September citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Volkanovski.[8] In turn, Baghdad was released from the promotion.

The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption[edit]

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.[9] 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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mehdi Baghdad - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Sherdog.com. "Mehdi". sherdog.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ "UFC Fight Night 81 results: Chris Wade runs through Mehdi Baghdad in first round". mmajunkie.com. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  4. ^ "John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad joins UFC 199 lineup". mmajunkie.com. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi Results and News - UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez - MMA Fighting". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Staff (2016-09-02). "Jon Tuck vs. Mehdi Baghdad added to UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  8. ^ Chris (2016-09-15). "Alex Volkanovski set to face Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 97". fightnewsaustralia.com. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  9. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-02-15). "Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15.

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