Estevan Payan (born April 3, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 2007, Payan has formerly competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, the World Series of Fighting, Bellator, Titan FC, and Shark Fights.

Estevan Payan
Born (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 37)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States[1]
Other namesEl Terrible
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Lightweight
Featherweight
Reach72.0 in (183 cm)[2]
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofTempe, Arizona, United States
TeamArizona Combat Sports
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total31
Wins17
By knockout7
By submission3
By decision7
Losses13
By knockout7
By submission1
By decision5
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Payan is a United States Army veteran. Payan had a rough upbringing, with drug-addicted parents. Upon graduating from Tolleson Union High School, Payan served three tours and seven years in Iraq, and left the Army having reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. It was during his time in the Army that Payan began martial arts training.[1][3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

BellatorEdit

Estevan debuted for the promotion at its inaugural event, Bellator 1, where he won a split decision over Luis Palomino in the quarterfinal of the Bellator Season One Featherweight Tournament. Payan lost to Yahir Reyes via KO due to a spinning backfist at Bellator 6 as part of the tournament semifinal.

StrikeforceEdit

Estevan faced Alonzo Martinez in his Strikeforce debut on January 7, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, replacing an injured Bobby Green.[4] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Payan was expected to face Mike Bravo on September 29, 2012 at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy.[5] However, after headliner Gilbert Melendez was injured, the card was scrapped altogether.[6]

Payan/Bravo eventually took place on the final Strikeforce card, Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, on January 12, 2013.[7] Payan won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Payan was brought over to the UFC after Strikeforce ceased operations in 2013, and made his UFC debut against Jeremy Stephens on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Payan was expected to face Charles Oliveira on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[9] However, on September 8, Payan was forced out of the bout citing a broken foot and was replaced by Jeremy Larsen.[10]

Payan faced Robbie Peralta on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[11] After a back-and-forth first two rounds, Payan lost via knockout early into the third round.

Payan was expected to face Sean Soriano at UFC on Fox 11.[12] However, Soriano was forced to pull out due to injury and was briefly replaced by Mike Brown.[13] Brown also dropped out of the bout with injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex White.[14] Payan lost to White by first-round TKO. After this loss, he was released from the UFC.[15]

Post-UFCEdit

After being released from the UFC, Payan returned to the Rage In The Cage organization, where he would defeat Eric Regan via unanimous decision at Rage In The Cage 173 on August 9, 2014.[16]

Return to BellatorEdit

Payan made his Bellator return on September 26, 2014 at Bellator 126 against Derek Campos.[17] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

World Series of FightingEdit

Payan made his World Series of Fighting debut against Jason High at WSOF 25 on November 20, 2015. He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.[18]

Bare knuckle boxingEdit

Payan faced Omar Avelar at a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event held on June 2, 2018. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Payan has five children.[20]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
31 matches 17 wins 13 losses
By knockout 7 7
By submission 3 1
By decision 7 5
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–13 (1) Rafa García Submission (rear-naked choke) Combate 39: Unbreakable June 7, 2019 1 4:50 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 17–12 (1) Dominic Clark TKO (punches) CXF 12: Burbank Beatdown April 21, 2018 2 3:17 Burbank, California, United States Won the vacant CXF Lightweight Championship.
Loss 16–12 (1) Kyle Stewart Decision (unanimous) Iron Boy MMA 5 March 10, 2017 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Welterweight bout.
Loss 16–11 (1) Jose Luis Verdugo KO (punch) KOTC: Desert Reign November 26, 2016 1 0:39 Scottsdale, Arizona, United States Lightweight bout.
Loss 16–10 (1) Raymond Pina Decision (unanimous) World Fighting Federation 29 July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Loss 16–9 (1) Jason High KO (head kick and punches) WSOF 25 November 20, 2015 2 0:47 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 16–8 (1) Roberto Yong TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 178 June 6, 2015 3 2:45 Prescott Valley, Arizona, United States Welterweight debut; Payan missed weight (172 lbs).
Loss 15–8 (1) Brian Davidson Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 33 March 20, 2015 3 5:00 Mobile, Alabama, United States Catchweight (148 lbs) bout.
Loss 15–7 (1) Derek Campos KO (punch) Bellator 126 September 26, 2014 1 0:31 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 15–6 (1) Eric Regan Decision (unanimous) Rage In The Cage 173 August 9, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 14–6 (1) Alex White KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 1 1:28 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 14–5 (1) Robbie Peralta KO (punches) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 3 0:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 14–4 (1) Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Returned to Featherweight.
Win 14–3 (1) Mike Bravo TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 2 4:01 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 13–3 (1) Alonzo Martinez Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine January 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 12–3 (1) Oscar de la Parra TKO (doctor stoppage) TCF: Rumble at the Ranch 2 November 5, 2011 1 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 11–3 (1) Nick Rhoads KO (punches) TCF: Dawn of Champions July 30, 2011 3 2:29 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 10–3 (1) Joe Nicolas KO (punch) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 4 February 25, 2011 1 2:44 Riverside, California, United States
NC 9–3 (1) Lee Chapman No Contest (clash of heads) Rage in the Cage 144 September 11, 2010 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 9–3 Joe Cronin Decision (unanimous) Rage in the Cage 143 July 31, 2010 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 8–3 Omur Cor Decision (unanimous) Rage in the Cage 136 November 7, 2009 3 3:00 Prescott Valley, Arizona, United States
Loss 7–3 Karen Darabedyan TKO (punches) Shark Fights 6: Stars & Stripes September 12, 2009 1 1:20 Amarillo, Texas, United States Moved up to Lightweight.
Loss 7–2 Yahir Reyes KO (spinning back fist) Bellator 6 May 8, 2009 2 1:56 Robstown, Texas, United States Season One Featherweight Tournament Semifinal; Catchweight (148 lbs) bout.
Win 7–1 Luis Palomino Decision (split) Bellator 1 April 3, 2009 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Season One Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 6–1 Ray Robinson Submission (armbar) MTXAFN 2 January 9, 2009 1 0:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–1 Brian Child Decision (unanimous) Rock & Sock Promotions October 18, 2008 3 5:00 Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Jonathan Mix TKO (punches) Rock & Sock Promotions June 28, 2008 3 0:45 Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Joe Cronin Decision (unanimous) Rage in the Cage 110 May 31, 2008 3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 3–0 Jeff Horlacher Submission (rear-naked choke) Rage in the Cage 108 April 11, 2008 2 0:35 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 2–0 James Watson Submission (triangle choke) MTXAFN 1 January 8, 2008 2 2:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1–0 Eric Regan Decision (unanimous) Rage in the Cage 102 October 13, 2007 3 3:00 Tucson, Arizona, United States

Bare knuckle recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0 Omar Avelar KO (punches) BKFC 1: The Beginning June 2, 2018 1 1:57 Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". UFC.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Estevan Payan". azcombatsports.com. Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  4. ^ "Estevan Payan replaces Bobby Green, completes Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine". mmajunkie.com. January 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "Estevan Payan vs. Mike Bravo added to Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy". mmajunkie.com. September 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Strikeforce Announces Cancellation of Saturday's Event In Sacramento". strikeforce.com. September 23, 2012.
  7. ^ "STRIKEFORCE® MARQUARDT VS. SAFFIEDINE". strikeforce.com. 2012-11-30.
  8. ^ "Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan slated for UFC 160 on May 25". MMAjunkie.com. February 27, 2013.
  9. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 8, 2013). "Charles Oliveira vs. Estevan Payan set for UFC 166". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
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  11. ^ Staff (2013-10-07). "Estevan Payan vs. Robert Peralta booked for December's UFC 168 card in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  12. ^ Staff (2014-02-20). "Sean Soriano vs. Estevan Payan added to UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  13. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-26). "Sean Soriano out, Mike Brown meets Estevan Payan at UFC on FOX 11". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  14. ^ Jesse Holland (2014-04-05). "Estevan Payan vs. Alex White booked for UFC on FOX 11 with Mike Brown hurt". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  15. ^ Mookie Alexander. "Report: TUF 16 winner Colton Smith among five fighters released from UFC". Bloody Elbow.
  16. ^ "RITC - Rage In The Cage 173". sherdog.com.
  17. ^ "Bellator 126 fight card finalized for Sept. 26 in Phoenix on Spike TV". mmamania.com. September 9, 2014.
  18. ^ "WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster caps unlikely comeback, KOs Joao Zeferino to win tourney". MMA Junkie. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
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