Abdul Razak Alhassan

Abdul Razak Alhassan (born August 11, 1985) is a Ghanaian mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. A professional since 2013, he formerly fought in Bellator and Legacy Fighting Championship.[4][5][6][7]

Abdul Razak Alhassan
Born (1985-08-11) August 11, 1985 (age 35)
Accra, Ghana[1]
Other namesJudo Thunder[2]
NationalityGhanaian
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Middleweight
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
StyleJudo, Muay Thai[1]
Fighting out ofFort Worth, Texas, United States
TeamFortis MMA[3]
Metroflex Gym[3]
RankBlack belt in Judo[1]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total14
Wins10
By knockout10
Losses4
By knockout1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After training and competing in judo for 22 years and earning his black belt, Alhassan transitioned to mixed martial arts. He made his professional debut in 2013, winning via TKO in just 25 seconds. Alhassan then compiled an overall record of 6–0 before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Alhassan made his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 against Charlie Ward on November 19, 2016. He won via knockout 53 seconds into the first round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[8][9]

Alhassan then lost a split decision to Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira on May 28, 2017.[10]

Alhassan faced Sabah Homasi on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218, winning by TKO in the first round; some felt referee Herb Dean had stopped the fight prematurely.[11]

Due to the controversial stoppage in the first fight, a rematch with Homasi was held on January 20, 2018, at UFC 220.[12] Alhassan indisputably knocked him out in the first round.[13] The win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus[14]

Alhassan was expected to face Muslim Salikhov on April 14, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29.[15] He was replaced by Ricky Rainey due to injury.[16]

Alhassan knocked out Niko Price in 43 seconds on September 8, 2018, at UFC 228.[17]

Alhassan faced Mounir Lazzez on July 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige.[18] At the weigh-ins, Alhassan weighed in at 174 pounds, 3 pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit. He was fined 20% of his purse which went to his opponent Lazzez and the bout proceeded at catchweight.[19] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[20] This fight was named Fight of the Night bonus; however, Alhassan was disqualified for bonus due to missing weight, as a result a third Performance of the Night bonus was awarded and Lazzez took home an extra $50,000 from the fight.[21]

Alhassan faced Khaos Williams on November 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos.[22] At the weigh-ins, Alhassan weighed in at 172.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit. The bout will proceed at catchweight and Alhassan fined 20 percent of his purse, which will go to his opponent Williams.[23] He was defeated via first round knockout.[24]

Alhassan faced Jacob Malkoun in a middleweight bout on April 17, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 22.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Alhassan and his wife have a son and a daughter.[3]

Indictment and acquittalEdit

Alhassan was indicted on September 24, 2018, in Tarrant County, Texas, on charges related to the alleged rapes of two women in one night in March 2018. He intended to plead not guilty.[27] The trial was held on March 5, 2020 where Alhassan was indicted on two counts of rape of incident was alleged to have taken place on March 23rd, 2018.[28] Alhassan's lawyer argued Alhassan engaged in consensual sex with the two women and he claims the allegations of sexual assault were unfounded. The jury found Alhassan not guilty on sexual assault charges.[29]

Championships and awardsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 10 wins 4 losses
By knockout 10 1
By decision 0 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–4 Jacob Malkoun Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Gastelum April 17, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 10–3 Khaos Williams KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos November 14, 2020 1 0:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (172.5 lb) bout; Alhassan missed weight.
Loss 10–2 Mounir Lazzez Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige July 16, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (174 lb) bout; Alhassan missed weight.
Win 10–1 Niko Price KO (punch) UFC 228 September 8, 2018 1 0:43 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 9–1 Sabah Homasi KO (punch) UFC 220 January 20, 2018 1 3:47 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 8–1 Sabah Homasi TKO (punches) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 1 4:21 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 7–1 Omari Akhmedov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 7–0 Charlie Ward KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 November 19, 2016 1 0:53 Belfast, Northern Ireland Performance of the Night.
Win 6–0 Jos Eichelberger TKO (punches) Legacy FC 61 October 14, 2016 1 0:57 Dallas, Texas, United States Catchweight (175 lb) bout.
Win 5–0 Ken Jackson TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 47: Night of Champions August 13, 2016 1 0:40 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 4–0 Bryce Shepard-Mejia KO (punch) Bellator 143 September 25, 2015 1 1:26 Hidalgo, Texas, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 3–0 Matt McKeon TKO (punches) Rocks Xtreme MMA 12 February 28, 2015 1 0:47 Harker Heights, Texas, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 2–0 Matt Jones TKO (punches) Bellator 111 March 7, 2014 1 1:23 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight (190 lb) bout.
Win 1–0 Kolby Adams TKO (punches) Xtreme Knockout 20 November 23, 2013 1 0:25 Arlington, Texas, United States Catchweight (180 lb) bout.

ReferencesEdit

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