Arman Tsarukyan

Arman Nairovich Tsarukyan[1] (Armenian: Արման Ծառուկյան; born October 11, 1996) is an Armenian-Russian[3][4][5] professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Lightweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC). As of July 11, 2022, he is #10 in the UFC lightweight rankings.[8]

Arman Tsarukyan
Arman Tsarukyan 2019.jpg
Tsarukyan in 2019
BornArman Nairovich Tsarukyan[1]
(1996-10-11) October 11, 1996 (age 25)
Akhalkalaki, Georgia[2]
NationalityArmenian[3][4]
Russian[5]
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Reach72 in (183 cm)[6]
Fighting out ofKhabarovsk, Russia
TeamLion Heart
RankMaster of Sport in MMA[7]
Master of Sport in Freestyle Wrestling[7]
Years active2015 –present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins18
By knockout7
By submission5
By decision6
Losses3
By knockout1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Tsarukyan was born to an Armenian family in Akhalkalaki, Georgia and moved to Russia at age three.[9][2][10] Tsarukyan grew up in a wealthy family, and he played ice hockey for 10 years as a child as a left wing. He served as a special training coach for Severstal Cherepovets during the 2019-20 season.[11][12]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Tsarukyan made his professional debut in mixed martial arts on September 25, 2015 against Shamil Olokhanov and won by technical knockout in the first round. He lost his next fight against Alexander Belikh by first-round knockout. Arman continued fighting for mixed martial arts promotions in Russia and Asia, winning his next 12 fights with 9 finishes, including a first round submission victory against Belikh to avenge his first loss.[13] He compiled a 13–1 record prior to signing a four-fight contract with the UFC.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Tsarukyan made his UFC debut against Islam Makhachev, one of the main training partners of Khabib Nurmagomedov, on April 20, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik.[15] It was a fast-paced fight with high level wrestling exchanges, and Tsarukyan lost the fight via a unanimous decision.[16][17] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus.[18]

Tsarukyan faced Olivier Aubin-Mercier on 27 July 2019 at UFC 240 and won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Tsarukyan was expected to face Davi Ramos on April 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris.[20] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed.[21][22] The bout eventually moved to UFC Fight Night 172 on July 19, 2020.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Tsarukyan was expected to face Nasrat Haqparast on January 24, 2021 at UFC 257.[25] However, on the day of the weigh ins, Haqparast pulled out of the fight citing an illness.[26] As a result, the promotion negotiated a matchup between Tsarukyan and Matt Frevola. Subsequently, Tsarukyan forfeited 20% of his purse as a result of missing weight, which went to Frevola.[27] Tsarukyan won the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Tsarukyan faced Christos Giagos on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 192.[29] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[30] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[31]

Tsarukyan faced Joel Álvarez on February 26, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 202.[32] He won the bout via ground and pound TKO in the second round.[33] The win also earned Tsarukyan his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[34]

Tsarukyan faced Mateusz Gamrot on June 25, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 38. He lost the closely contested fight via unanimous decision.[35] 15 of 22 MMA media outlets scored the bout in favor of Tsarukyan.[36] Both fighters earned the Fight of the Night award.[37]

Tsarukyan is scheduled to face Damir Ismagulov on December 17, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 217.[38]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 18 wins 3 losses
By knockout 7 1
By submission 5 0
By decision 6 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–3 Mateusz Gamrot Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot June 25, 2022 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 18–2 Joel Álvarez TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green February 26, 2022 2 1:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 17–2 Christos Giagos TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 1 2:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 16–2 Matt Frevola Decision (unanimous) UFC 257 January 24, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (157 lb) bout; Tsarukyan missed weight.
Win 15–2 Davi Ramos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 July 18, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 14–2 Olivier Aubin-Mercier Decision (unanimous) UFC 240 July 27, 2019 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 13–2 Islam Makhachev Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik April 20, 2019 3 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Russia Fight of the Night.
Win 13–1 Felipe Olivieri KO (head kick) League S-70: Plotforma S-70 2018 August 22, 2018 3 1:25 Sochi, Russia
Win 12–1 Júnior Assunção Decision (unanimous) MFP 220/KLF: Kunlun Fight vs. Modern Fighting Pankration May 26, 2018 3 5:00 Khabarovsk, Russia Defended the FEMFP Lightweight Championship.
Win 11–1 Haotian Wu TKO (spinning back kick to the body and punches) Gods of War World MMA Championship March 24, 2018 3 0:31 Beijing, China
Win 10–1 Takenori Sato Decision (unanimous) MFP 214: Governor's Cup 2017 December 2, 2017 3 5:00 Khabarovsk, Russia Won the FEMFP Lightweight Championship.
Win 9–1 Kyung Pyo Kim Decision (unanimous) Road FC 043 October 28, 2017 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win 8–1 Márcio Breno Submission (rear-naked choke) League S-70: Plotforma S-70 2017 August 8, 2017 1 2:54 Sochi, Russia Return to Lightweight.
Win 7–1 Nizamuddin Ramazanov Submission (rear-naked choke) MFP 209: Mayor's Cup 2017 May 13, 2017 1 2:27 Khabarovsk, Russia Featherweight debut.
Win 6–1 Gustavo Wurlitzer Submission (rear-naked choke) OFS 11: Octagon Fighting Sensation 11 March 4, 2017 1 3:22 Moscow, Russia
Win 5–1 Alexander Belikh Submission (guillotine choke) MFP: Eastern Rubicon 2 December 10, 2016 1 2:51 Khabarovsk, Russia
Win 4–1 Dmitriy Shkrabiy TKO (punches) MFP 204: International Pankration Tournament November 5, 2016 1 2:21 Vladivostok, Russia
Win 3–1 Alexander Merezhko Submission (anaconda choke) MFP: Governor's Pankration Cup 2016 October 21, 2016 2 1:28 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Win 2–1 Ali Khaibulaev KO (punch) MFP: Cup of Administration in Modern Pankration May 6, 2016 1 0:33 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Loss 1–1 Alexander Belikh KO (punch) MFP: Eastern Rubicon December 12, 2015 1 0:30 Khabarovsk, Russia
Win 1–0 Shamil Olokhanov TKO (punches) MFP: Assault Nights of Spassk 2015 September 25, 2015 1 2:47 Spassk-Dalny, Russia Lightweight debut.

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