Saparbek Safarov

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Saparbek Safarov
Сапарбек Сафаров
BornSaparbek Dibirovich Safarov
(1986-10-14) October 14, 1986 (age 33)
Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Middleweight (2020–present)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
StyleSambo, Freestyle wrestling
Fighting out ofMakhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
TeamLegion Fight Team[1]
K Dojo Warrior Tribe
Eagles MMA Dagestan
RankMaster of Sports in Freestyle Wrestling[2][3]
Master of Sports in Combat Sambo[2][3]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission2
By decision1
By knockout1
By submission2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Saparbek Dibirovich Safarov (Russian: Сапарбек Сафаров; born 14 October 1986)[4] is a Russian mixed martial artist of Avar origin who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[5][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Safarov started his career with 8 straight victories that included 6 knockouts and 2 submissions. He was then called in for a short replacement fight against Gian Villante. Gian's original opponent, Patrick Cummins, pulled out of the fight with a staph infection.[6] Safarov suffered the first loss of his career by knockout in a back and forth fight.[7] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[8]

Safarov was next expected to fight Marcos Rogério de Lima at UFC Fight Night 115. However, Lima tested positive for banned anabolic steroids and the bout was cancelled.[9]

Safarov faced Tyson Pedro on February 11, 2018 at UFC 221. He lost the fight via kimura submission in the first round.[10]

Safarov was expected to face Alonzo Menifield on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139.[11] However, it was reported on October 21, 2018 that Safarov pulled out from the event due to undisclosed reason and the bout was scrapped.[12]

Safarov was scheduled to face Gökhan Saki on March 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 5.[13] However, Saki pulled out of the fight in late February due to an undisclosed injury.[14] Saki was replaced by Nicolae Negumereanu.[15] Safarov won the fight by unanimous decision.[16]

Safarov was expected to face promotional newcomer Da Un Jung on August 31, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 15.[17] However, on August 5, 2019, Safarov was pulled from the bout for undisclosed reason.[18]

Safarov faced Rodolfo Vieira in a middleweight bout on March 7, 2020 at UFC 248.[19] He lost the fight via an arm-triangle submission in the first round.[20]

Safarov is scheduled to face Julian Marquez on August 29, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 176.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 9 wins 3 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 2 2
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–3 Rodolfo Vieira Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 248 March 7, 2020 1 2:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 9–2 Nicolae Negumereanu Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal March 16, 2019 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 8–2 Tyson Pedro Submission (kimura) UFC 221 February 11, 2018 1 3:54 Perth, Australia
Loss 8–1 Gian Villante TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov December 9, 2016 2 2:54 Albany, New York, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 8–0 Rodney Wallace TKO (corner stoppage) WFCA 17 April 9, 2016 2 5:00 Grozny, Russia
Win 7–0 Giga Kukhalashvili Submission (triangle choke) ProFC 54 September 7, 2014 1 2:13 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 6–0 Valdas Pocevicius KO (punches) Battle of Stars 1 December 22, 2012 1 0:00 Makhachkala, Russia Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 5–0 Igor Sliusarchuk TKO (punches) World Ultimate Full Contact December 24, 2011 1 2:54 Makhachkala, Russia
Win 4–0 Igor Litoshik TKO (punches) M-1 Global June 4, 2011 1 3:00 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 3–0 Adrian Mallebranche TKO (punches) M-1 Selection 2011 April 1, 2011 1 0:04 Makhachkala, Russia
Win 2–0 Vasily Klepikov Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 Selection 2010 February 12, 2011 1 1:18 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 1–0 Visampasha Mirzakhanov TKO (punches) Legion Fight 5 November 20, 2010 1 0:49 Krasnodar, Russia


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Сапарбек Сафаров - Спортивный клуб "Оплот"".
  2. ^ a b Сапарбек Сафаров - биография, история поединков, новости о бойце (in Russian). Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Saparbek Safarov - Official UFC Profile". Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Saparbek Safarov". Sherdog.
  6. ^ "Patrick Cummins Withdraws from UFC Albany Bout with Gian Villante -".
  7. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Gian Villante tops Saparbek Safarov in back-and-forth brawl". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  8. ^ Mike Sloan (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 bonuses: Villante, Safarov, Ngannou, Meerschaert all pocket $50K". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  9. ^ "De Lima flagged by USADA, pulled from UFC Fight Night 115".
  10. ^ "UFC 221 results: Tyson Pedro submits Saparbek Safarov in opening round".
  11. ^ Davidson Baker (2018-08-21). "Alonzo Menifield-Saparbek Safarov added To UFC Denver". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  12. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-10-21). "Alonzo Menifield vs. Saparbek Safarov gecanceld voor UFC Denver". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  13. ^ Oleś, Bartosz (2018-12-26). "Gokhan Saki vs. Saparbek Safarov planowane na UFC on ESPN+5 w Londynie". (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  14. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-02-28). "Gökhan Saki injured, will not fight in London" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  15. ^ Marcel Dorff. "Nick Negumereanu makes UFC debut against Saparbeg Saforov during UFC London". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  16. ^ "UFC London results: Saparbek Safarov survives point deduction to defeat Nicolae Negumereanu". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  17. ^ Staff (2019-07-01). "Saparbek Safarov meets newcomer Da Un Jung during UFC Shenzhen". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  18. ^ "Fresh off of DWCS victory, Jamahal Hill steps in to fight Da Un Jung at UFC on ESPN+ 15". MMA Junkie. 2019-08-02. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  19. ^ Redactie (2020-01-07). "BJJ wizard Rodolfo Vieira meets Saparbek Safarov during UFC 248 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2020-01-07.(in Dutch)
  20. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-03-07). "UFC 248 Results: Rodolfo Vieira Chokes Out Saparbek Safarov in First Round". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  21. ^ "Julian Marquez vs. Saparbeg Safarov joins UFC's Aug. 29 lineup". MMA Junkie. 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  22. ^ "Saparbek Safarov MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-27.

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