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SAPARBEK SAFAROV

AGE

32

RECORD

9-2-0

REACH

78”

HEIGHT

6'1"

WEIGHT

205LBS

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

LEGION FIGHT TEAM

HOMETOWN

MAKHACHKALA, DAGESTAN, RUSSIA

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 147 – VS NICOLAE NEGUMEREANU

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Safarov takes the center and starts walking Negumereanu down. Negumereanu comes over the top with the right hand, just misses. Safarov explodes with the punches and lands a big left hook! Safarov follows the attack with the clinch against the fence. Safarov is the aggressor early. 1st min in, Negumereanu is defending against the fence. Both fighters exchange knees in the clinch. Nice shoulder bump from Safarov. Safarov drops his levels and starts working for a takedown. Negumereanu shoots for a kimura! Safarov defends and ends up on top after the scramble. Safarov is in the guard position. Safarov is busy with the short punches. Halfway in, Big elbow lands for Safarov! Safarov is putting strong pressure on Negumereanu. Negumereanu has a hard time escaping. Negumereanu shoots for the heel hook! Safarov is grabbing the fence. The referee warns him a couple of times! Safarov escapes from the submission and jumps into the side control. The referee stops the fight to take the point out of Safarov. Fighters are in the center. Hard step in left hook lands for Safarov! Negumereanu absorbs the shot well. 1 min to go, Negumereanu has a hard time timing his attacks. He moves in and eats a double right hand! Safarov is outboxing Negumereanu. He moves forward and initiates the clinch against the cage. Negumereanu separates and starts moving on the outside. 10-9 Safarov

Rd 2 – Safarov takes the center. Negumereanu moves forward with the right hand and runs into the hard left from Safarov! Stiff jab lands for Safarov. He is timing the counter attacks well. Negumereanu is moving on the outside. 1st min in, Safarov moves in and lands a piston left straight! Negumereanu is looking hurt! His legs are not stable! Safarov continues with the pressure. Negumereanu explodes and lands a right hand! Big uppercut lands for Negumereanu! Safarov level changes and slams Negumereanu down with a power double. Safarov explodes with brutal elbows from the top. Negumereanu shoots for another heel hook! Safarov defends once again and jumps into the guard position. Halfway in, Safarov is tiring Negumereanu out. He is landing nice short right hands. Safarov is looking strong. Negumereanu scrambles from the bottom but fails to find his way up. Safarov is breathing heavily. He is landing nasty ground and pound! 1 min to go, He is looking much improved in this fight. He steps into the half guard position. Safarov postures and lands a couple of hard hammer fists! Big elbows lands for Safarov! Negumereanu is in trouble! Safarov steps into the mount position and starts unloading on Negumereanu! Negumereanu is all bloody! Negumereanu is in the survival mode! 10-9 Safarov

Rd 3 – Safarov immediately takes the center and continues with the pressure. Negumereanu is looking exhausted. Safarov is looking to explode with the punches. Stiff left hook lands for Safarov. Safarov dives for a takedown against the cage. Negumereanu is trying to defend. Safarov trips Negumereanu down and takes the guard position. 1st min in, Safarov is trying to create some space for the ground and pound. Hard left hand lands for Safarov! He is dominating the fight so far. His ground and pound is incredible. He moves into the side control position. Safarov is isolating the left arm of Negumereanu. Negumereanu defends the submission. Safarov makes a transition to the guard and starts unloading with the punches! Safarov is demolishing Negumereanu! Halfway in, Negumereanu has no answer in this fight. It is all Safarov. Safarov is constantly busy with the short punches. He is displaying great conditioning. Negumereanu is looking desperate. 1 min to go, Negumereanu is working with the body punches. Big elbow lands for Safarov! Negumereanu is trying to control the posture from the bottom. Negumereanu is looking for a kimura! Safarov is defending well. 10-9 Safarov

WATCH FIGHT

FEBRUARY 2018 UFC 221 – VS TYSON PEDRO

RESULT – LOST VIA 1st RD SUBMISSION (KIMURA)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Pedro takes the center. Safarov opens the fight with a leg kick. Pedro is trying to establish the jab. Pedro connects with a hard inside leg kick! Safarov dives for a single leg and scores a takedown. Safarov drags Pedro against the fence. 1st min in, Pedro is working his way back to his feet. Pedro explodes and separates from the clinch. Pedro fires a front kick. Safarov catches the kick but fails to score a takedown. Safarov explodes with a left hand. Pedro moves away. Great footwork by Pedro. Pedro fakes the left hand and connects with a hard overhand right! Safarov clinches. Pedro separates from the clinch and continues with the pressure. Safarov dives for a single leg, easily defended by Pedro. Another good right hand lands for Pedro. Halfway in, Pedro is feeling confident standing on the outside and scoring from a safe distance.  Pedro misses with the right hand. Safarov responds with a two-punch combo. Both fighters are very aggressive in the first round. Pedro fires a piston right hand and lands! Safarov is swinging back hard but he is missing with the punches. Safarov initiates the clinch against the fence. Safarov takes the body lock and slams Pedro down to the mat. Pedro immediately explodes back to his feet. Safarov still has a body lock. Pedro scrambles and finishes on top of Safarov! Pedro sees the chance and sets up the kimura! It looks tight!!! Safarov taps out!!! 

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2016 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 102 – VS GIAN VILLANTE

RESULT – LOST VIA 2nd RD TKO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Villante slowly takes the center. Safarov is moving on the outside. Hard leg kick lands for Villante! Safarov is countering with the jab. Both fighters are swinging power punches and missing! Hard left hook lands for Safarov! Safarov is feeling confident as he starts moving forward. Villante counters with a nice right hand. 1st min in, both fighters are aggressive. Villante moves in and eats a left hook. Nice body shot lands for Villante. Villante fires a leg kick. Safarov catches the kick and unloads with the punches! Villante counters with a big right hand! Safarov absorbs the shot and counters with the left hook! Nice body shot lands for Villante. Villante is looking to tire Safarov out. Safarov closes the distance and eats a jab! Safarov goes down! Villante catches Safarov coming up with a nasty uppercut! He smells the blood and starts dropping bombs on Safarov!!! Villante backs off and lets Safarov to stand. Villante moves for a kill with the body kicks. Safarov is hurt again! Halfway in, Villante is beating Safarov down! He is landing nasty jabs. Safarov has a bloody face. He is trying to counter but his timing is way off. Safarov lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Villante time to recover. The fight continues. Safarov is swinging and missing. Villante lands a hard leg kick. Safarov has a problem with his left knee. Villante moves in and eats a hard left hook! Safarov is putting hard pressure on Villante. He connects with a hard right hand! Villante goes down!! Villante is back on his feet. 1 min to go, Safarov is showing great heart. He is constantly moving forward and landing! The fight is going back and forth the entire round! Villante fires a jab and lands. Safarov counters with a big right hand! Villante took the shot well. 10-10

Rd 2 – Villante immediately takes the center. Safarov misses with the right hand. Villante opens the round with a couple of kicks. Safarov counters with a two punch combo and lands. Villante is destroying the left leg of Safarov. Nice left hook to the body lands for Safarov. Villante continues with the kicks. 1st min in, Safarov is very aggressive in this round. Both fighters are looking tired. Safarov catches the kick and dives for a takedown. Villante defends the takedown and continues with the kicks. Safarov clinches. Villante responds with a big knee to the head. Villante is looking like a fresher fighter. He is picking his shots well. Villante initiates the clinch and lands a couple of nice knees. Safarov is missing with the punches. He is looking exhausted. Villante explodes with the punches! He is landing hard shots! Safarov doesn’t have any answer! The referee is looking closely!!! Villante is pushing for a finish with more punches!!! The referee stops the fight!!!

WATCH FIGHT

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RECORD BREAKDOWN

11 MATCHES 9 WINS 2 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 6 1
SUBMISSION 2 1
DECISION 1 0
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Safarov is the aggressive Combo Sambo wrestler who has a lot of power in his hands.
  • He is the Master of Sports in Combo Sambo and Freestyle wrestling.
  • Before signing with the UFC, Safarov had a 100% finish rate.
  • He has a decent standup. He mostly relies on his power right hand.
  • Against Villante, he had a hard time checking the leg kicks. There is room for improvement in his kickboxing defense.
  • Also, as seen against Pedro, Safarov clearly lacks the head movement.
  • His wrestling offense is very good as seen against Negumereanu.
  • However, against Pedro, Safarov had a tuff time controlling him on the mat.
  • Safarov has brutal ground and pound skills as seen against Negumereanu.
  • His power stays in the later rounds as seen against Villante.
  • Against Villante, Safarov was missing a lot of punches. However, against Negumereanu, he was picking his shots well.