|Saparbek Safarov |
October 14, 1986
Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia|
|Team||Legion Fight Team |
K Dojo Warrior Tribe
Eagles MMA Dagestan
|Rank||Master of Sports in Freestyle Wrestling |
Master of Sports in Combat Sambo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Saparbek Safarov (Russian: Сапарбек Сафаров; born 14 October 1986) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Avar heritage who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
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. Safarov suffered the first loss of his career by knockout in a back and forth fight. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.
Safarov was expected to face Alonzo Menifield on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139. However, it was reported on October 21, 2018 that Safarov pulled out from the event due to undisclosed reason and the bout was scrapped.
Safarov was scheduled to face Gökhan Saki on March 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 5. However, Saki pulled out of the fight in late February due to an undisclosed injury. Saki was replaced by Nicolae Negumereanu. Safarov won the fight by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||9 wins||2 losses|
|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|
- "Сапарбек Сафаров - Спортивный клуб "Оплот"". www.oplotmma.com.
- "Сапарбек Сафаров - биография, история поединков, новости о бойце" (in Russian). MMAoctagon.ru. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
- "Saparbek Safarov - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
- Sherdog.com. "Saparbek Safarov". Sherdog.
- "Patrick Cummins Withdraws from UFC Albany Bout with Gian Villante - MMAWeekly.com". www.mmaweekly.com.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Gian Villante tops Saparbek Safarov in back-and-forth brawl". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
- Mike Sloan (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 bonuses: Villante, Safarov, Ngannou, Meerschaert all pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
- "De Lima flagged by USADA, pulled from UFC Fight Night 115".
- "UFC 221 results: Tyson Pedro submits Saparbek Safarov in opening round".
- Davidson Baker (2018-08-21). "Alonzo Menifield-Saparbek Safarov added To UFC Denver". themmatakeover.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
- DNA, MMA (2018-10-21). "Alonzo Menifield vs. Saparbek Safarov gecanceld voor UFC Denver". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
- Oleś, Bartosz (2018-12-26). "Gokhan Saki vs. Saparbek Safarov planowane na UFC on ESPN+5 w Londynie". InTheCage.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-12-27.
- Marcel Dorff (2019-02-28). "Gökhan Saki injured, will not fight in London". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-02-28. (in Dutch)
- Marcel Dorff. "Nick Negumereanu makes UFC debut against Saparbeg Saforov during UFC London". mmadna.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- "UFC London results: Saparbek Safarov survives point deduction to defeat Nicolae Negumereanu". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
- Sherdog.com. "Saparbek Safarov MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-27.