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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.[1]

Hayder Hassan
Born (1982-10-20) October 20, 1982 (age 37)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Other namesHulk, BZ Killer
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach71 12 in (182 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofCoconut Creek, Florida, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total13
Wins9
By knockout6
By decision3
Losses4
By knockout1
By submission2
By disqualification1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

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.[2][3][4]

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.[5] 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 made his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 12, 2015 against Kamaru Usman at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.[6] He lost the bout via submission in the second round.[7]

Hassan next faced former opponent Vicente Luque at UFC on Fox 17 on December 19, 2015.[8] He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[9]

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.[10] 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
By knockout 6 1
By submission 0 2
By decision 3 0
By disqualification 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sherdog.com. "Hayder". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  2. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/news/this-ufc-hopeful-wants-to-change-the-perception-of-muslims-in-the-u-s-224952089.html
  3. ^ <http://www.ufc.com/news/Hayder-Hassan-Brings-Florida-Heat-to-Vegas?id=>
  4. ^ http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/mixed-martial-arts/fl-tuf21-hayder-hassan-making-good-0520-20150512-story.htm
  5. ^ "Does TUF have a future UFC champ? Meet the TUF 21: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians cast". Bloody Elbow. 5 March 2015.
  6. ^ Dana Becker (2015-07-09). "The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale card all set, Four TUF Fighters in action". fightline.com. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Staff (2015-08-28). "Hayder Hassan meets Vicente Luque in 'TUF 21' rematch at UFC on FOX 17". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  9. ^ Staff (2015-12-19). "Vicente Luque chokes Hayder Hassan unconscious with anaconda choke". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  10. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-02-15). "Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15.

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