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Hayder Hassan (born October 20, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2009, he has competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, Titan FC, King of the Cage, the Xtreme Fighting Championships, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians as well as The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.
|Born||October 20, 1982|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|Other names||Hulk, BZ Killer|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||71 1⁄2 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Florida, Hassan and his family were refugees from Baghdad, Iraq who relocated in 1977. His father, who was a physician, personally trekked from their home in Iraq to an American embassy. Hassan attended Cardinal Gibbons High School, where he was a standout in wrestling and football before graduating from Florida State University after which he had planned to attend medical school and majored in sociology. However, after leaving his job as a sales representative for a pharmaceutical firm, he transitioned to a career in MMA and began training at the American Top Team academy in Coconut Creek.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
The Ultimate FighterEdit
Hassan competed on the 21st season of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter, representing American Top Team and making it to the final. In his first fight he defeated Andrews Nakahara via TKO in the first round. In his second fight he defeated Felipe Portela by majority decision. In his third fight he faced Vicente Luque and won via split decision.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Hassan next faced former opponent Vicente Luque at UFC on Fox 17 on December 19, 2015. He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.
The Ultimate Fighter: RedemptionEdit
In February 2017, it was revealed that Hassan would compete again on the UFC's reality show in the 25th season on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. Hassan was the fifth pick overall for Team Garbrandt. He faced Dhiego Lima in the opening round and lost by unanimous decision. He defeated former world title contender Joe Stevenson by knockout in the wildcard bout.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||9 wins||4 losses|
|Win||9–4||Movsar Bokov||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 103||August 3, 2019||3||5:00||Shenzen, China|
|Win||8–4||Hemant Wadekar||TKO (knee and punches)||Kumite 1 League||September 30, 2018||1||0:34||Mumbai, India|
|Win||7–4||Pavel Kusch||Decision (unanimous)||Phoenix FC 6||April 5, 2018||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||6–4||Roger Huerta||DQ (illegal Elbows)||Phoenix FC 4||December 22, 2017||2||0:53||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||6–3||Vicente Luque||Technical Submission (anaconda choke)||UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2||December 19, 2015||1||2:13||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Kamaru Usman||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale||July 12, 2015||2||1:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Tournament final.|
|Win||6–1||Felipe Portela||TKO (punch)||Titan FC 31||October 31, 2014||1||3:23||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–1||Jason Jackson||TKO (punches)||CFA 12||October 12, 2013||3||2:32||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–1||Robert Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||MFA: New Generation 1||April 30, 2010||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–1||Ryan Keenan||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Miami||January 30, 2010||2||2:42||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Gerardo Julio Gallegos||TKO (punches)||XFC 9: Evolution||September 5, 2009||1||0:57||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Roy McDonald||TKO (punches)||RW3: Florida||April 24, 2009||1||3:19||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Kenny Allen||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Hurricane||February 21, 2009||1||0:09||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|6 matches||4 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||4–2||Jesse Taylor||Submission (rear-naked-choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption||June 21, 2017 (airdate)||1||1:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Quarter-finals Fight.|
|Win||4–1||Joe Stevenson||KO (punch)||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption||June 7, 2017 (airdate)||1||0:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Wild Card Fight.|
|Loss||3–1||Dhiego Lima||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption||May 17, 2017 (airdate)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.|
|Win||3–0||Vicente Luque||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter 21||July 8, 2015 (airdate)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter 21.|
|win||2–0||Felipe Portela||Decision (majority)||The Ultimate Fighter 21||June 10, 2015 (airdate)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter 21.|
|Win||1–0||Andrews Nakahara||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 21||May 20, 2015 (airdate)||1||0:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter 21.|
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- "Does TUF have a future UFC champ? Meet the TUF 21: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians cast". Bloody Elbow. 5 March 2015.
- Dana Becker (2015-07-09). "The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale card all set, Four TUF Fighters in action". fightline.com. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- Matt Erickson (2015-07-12). "TUF 21 Finale results: Kamaru Usman taps Hayder Hassan to win 'TUF 21' crown". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
- Staff (2015-08-28). "Hayder Hassan meets Vicente Luque in 'TUF 21' rematch at UFC on FOX 17". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
- Staff (2015-12-19). "Vicente Luque chokes Hayder Hassan unconscious with anaconda choke". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
- Marc Raimondi (2017-02-15). "Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15.