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.
|Born||April 3, 1982|
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Other names||El Terrible|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Team||Arizona Combat Sports|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Payan was expected to face Sean Soriano at UFC on Fox 11. However, Soriano was forced to pull out due to injury and was briefly replaced by Mike Brown. Brown also dropped out of the bout with injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex White. Payan lost to White by first-round TKO. After this loss, he was released from the UFC.
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.
Return to BellatorEdit
World Series of FightingEdit
Bare knuckle boxingEdit
Payan has five children.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||17 wins||13 losses|
|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|
|Win||1-0||Omar Avelar||KO (punches)||BKFC 1: The Beginning||June 2, 2018||1||1:57||Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States|
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