Papy Abedi

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Papy Abedi
Born Mwimbi Papy Abedi
(1978-06-30) June 30, 1978 (age 39)
Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Other names Makambo
Nationality Congolese
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Welterweight (2011–2013)
Middleweight (2006–2011, 2013-present)
Reach 74 in (190 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden
Team Allstars Training Center
Alliance MMA
Hilti NHB
Rank Black belt in Judo
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 9
By knockout 5
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mwimbi Papy Abedi (born June 30, 1978) is a Congolese-Swedish mixed martial artist. He formerly competed in the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Abedi was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), where he grew up. He was given the nickname "Makambo" by the elders, which in Lingala (the official language) means "trouble", because whenever there was a fight or trouble, he was the first at the scene.[1] He later moved to France and Belgium, before moving to Sweden in 1997.

He started training judo at 7 years of age.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Abedi made his professional MMA debut in December 2006. He produced finishes in all but one of his fights, including five knockouts and two submissions.[2]
At this point of his career a lot of major MMA media outlets described him as one of the best middleweights on the European circuit and predicted that he had potential for a great future in MMA.[3][4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In June 2011, Papy signed a four-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and it was announced that he would drop down to welterweight for his UFC debut.[5]

Abedi made his UFC debut against former title challenger Thiago Alves on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138.[6] Abedi was badly hurt by a straight right hand from Alves that knocked him down midway through the first round and After delivering a barrage of punches and elbows that cut Abedi open, Alves took Abedi's back and finished the fight via submission due to a rear naked choke, giving Abedi his first professional loss. Although Abedi was given credit for stepping up against a top 10-fighter in his UFC debut.[7]

Abedi faced James Head on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva.[8] Late in the opening round Head stunned Abedi with a short elbow from the clinch followed by a barrage of punches that knocked Abedi down, Head followed Papy to the mat and finished the fight with a rear naked choke.

Abedi was briefly linked to a bout with Rick Story on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida, replacing an injured Rich Attonito[9][10] However, Abedi was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Brock Jardine.[11][12]

In his third fight with the promotion, Abedi faced fellow Swedish fighter Besam Yousef at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[13] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision, earning his first UFC win.

Abedi next faced Dylan Andrews in a middleweight bout on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[14] Despite controlling and winning the first two rounds, Abedi lost via knockout in the third round. After the loss Abedi was subsequently released from the UFC.[15]

Post UFC[edit]

After his run in the UFC, Abedi went back to fight in Sweden. He was expected to face Daniel Acácio for the Superior Challenge welterweight title on May 3, 2014 at Superior Challenge 10,[16] but pulled out with an injury and was subsequently replaced by Alan Carlos.[17][18]

Abedi made his return, first expected at April 9, 2016 but later postpned, from what was an over three-year layoff, to face Bruno Carvalho in a middleweight bout on October 8, 2016 at Superior Challenge 14.[19][20] He won the fight by TKO in the first round.

He is now expected to face Dylan Andrews, in a rematch of their 2013 UFC-bout, on April 1, 2017 at Superior Challenge 15.[21]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–4 Dylan Andrews KO (head kick) Superior Challenge 15 April 1, 2017 2 4:16 Stockholm, Sweden For the SC Middleweight Championship
Win 10–3 Bruno Carvalho TKO (punches) Superior Challenge 14 October 8, 2016 1 4:01 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 9–3 Dylan Andrews KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 3 1:32 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Return to Middleweight.
Win 9–2 Besam Yousef Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 8–2 James Head Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva April 14, 2012 1 4:33 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 8–1 Thiago Alves Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 138 November 5, 2011 1 3:32 Birmingham, England Welterweight debut.
Win 8–0 Nathan Schouteren Submission (guillotine choke) Superior Challenge 6 October 29, 2010 1 3:22 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 7–0 Bohumil Lungrik TKO (punches) Hell Cage 5 March 28, 2010 1 2:53 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 6–0 Nelton Pontes TKO (punches) Bushido Challenge 1: War of the Warriors December 13, 2009 1 3:17 Norwich, Norfolk, England
Win 5–0 Alan Carlos TKO (punches) Superior Challenge 3 May 30, 2009 2 1:56 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 4–0 Timur Akbulut Submission (arm-triangle choke) Fight Fiesta de Luxe: Unstoppable April 5, 2008 1 N/A Hollerich, Luxembourg
Win 3–0 Aldric Cassata TKO (knees) Chaos Fighting Championships 1 December 1, 2007 2 N/A Derry, Northern Ireland
Win 2–0 Juha Kaki Decision (unanimous) Shooto Finland: Bloodbath May 12, 2007 2 5:00 Vantaa, Finland
Win 1–0 Mikael Pastor TKO (knee to the body & punches) Travelfight Arena December 16, 2006 2 2:24 Uppsala, Sweden


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  2. ^ "2011 World MMA Middleweight scouting report #1 Papy Abedi". 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ "2010: Top 10 undefeated European prospects". 2010-07-31. 
  4. ^ "MMA - The 10 best fighters you've never heard of: Papy Abedi". 2010-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Exklusivt: Papy "Makambo" Abedi skriver kontrakt med UFC / Exclusive: Papy "Makambo" Abedi signs with the UFC". Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  6. ^ Martin, Damon. "Thiago Alves Back in Action at UFC 138 Against Swedish Newcomer Papy Abedi". Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Cavian, Bobby. "UFC offered a new fight to Papy Abedi right after his debut loss". Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Papy Abedi vs. James Head Slated for UFC's Debut in Sweden". January 4, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rick Story Gets New UFC on FX 4 Opponent". May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Papy Abedi replaces Rich Attonito meets Rick Story at UFC on FX 4". 2012-05-08. 
  11. ^ "Rick Story Gets Third UFC on FX 4 Opponent". May 30, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Injuries lead to Story-Jardine, Brown-Ramos, Gambino-Silver at UFC on FX 4". 2012-05-30. 
  13. ^ "Besam Yousef vs. Papy Abedi joins UFC on Fuel TV 9 lineup". February 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-06-19). "Dylan Andrews vs. Papy Abedi added to August's UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 event". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  15. ^ "UFC Profiles removed for Benny Alloway, Papy Abedi, and James Head". 
  16. ^ "Papy Abedi versus Daniel Acacio for Superior Challenge title". 2014-03-17. 
  17. ^ "Abedi out of Superior Challenge X, Carlos steps in". 2014-04-25. 
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  19. ^ "Papy Abedi versus Bruno Carvalho set for SC 13". 2016-02-19. 
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  21. ^ "Papy Abedi Gets UFC Rematch at Superior Challenge 15". 2017-02-20. 

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