Pannie Kianzad

Pannie Pantea Kianzad (born December 8, 1991 in Ahvaz, Iran)[2] is an Iranian-born Swedish mixed martial artist. She is currently signed by Ultimate Fighting Championship in the Women's Bantamweight division, having previously fought in Invicta FC and Cage Warriors where she held the bantamweight title.[3] As of July 30, 2020, she is #13 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[4]

Pannie Kianzad
Pannie Kianzad on MMAnytt.jpg
Kianzad interviewed in 2019
BornPannie Pantea Kianzad
(1991-12-08) December 8, 1991 (age 28)
Ahvaz, Iran
Other namesBanzai
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (2012-2014, 2018)
Bantamweight (2014-)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
StyleBoxing, Shootfighting, Submission Wrestling
Fighting out ofHelsingborg, Sweden
TeamArte Suave
TrainerNikolai Koubti
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By decision10
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 11, 2019

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kianzad started her martial arts career in boxing when she was around 14 years old and she went on to compete in around 30 amateur boxing fights.[5] In 2010, she competed in the Swedish National Championships in Shootfighting and came in second place claiming the silver medal after losing to Lina Länsberg in the final.[6] The following year, at 19 years of age, she became Swedish Champion in Shootfighting by defeating Genesini Serena by submission (armbar) in the second round.[7]

After turning professional in MMA she revenged her loss against Lina Länsberg in her third fight, which she won by TKO.[8] She racked up five straight wins in smaller organizations before getting signed to Cage Warriors. During this period she transitioned from team Kaisho in Helsingborg, Sweden, to Rumble Sports in Copenhagen, Denmark. As of 2016 Kianzad trains with Arte Suave team in Copenhagen, Denmark

Cage WarriorsEdit

In 2014 Kianzad signed with British top promotion Cage Warriors. She made her promotional debut against Megan van Houtum on August 22, 2014 at Cage Warriors 71.[9] She won the fight by TKO in the third round.[10]

Kianzad was expected to face Agnieszka Niedzwiedz for the vacant bantamweight title on November 15, 2014 at Cage Warriors 74,[11] but Niedzwiedz was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury and Kianzad's opponent was changed to be Finnish fighter Eeva Siiskonen.[12][13] After five rounds Kianzad defeated Siiskonen by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) to become Cage Warriors female bantamweight champion.[14][15]

Invicta Fighting ChampionshipEdit

After staying undefeated through her first 7 fights, and claiming the Cage Warriors title, Kianzad got another step up in her career as she got signed by Invicta FC in March, 2015.[16][17][18]

She made her promotional debut against Jessica-Rose Clark on July 9, 2015 at Invicta FC 13.[19] Kianzad won the fight by one-sided unanimous decision.[20][21]

Kianzad was set to face newly crowned champion Tonya Evinger in a title fight on September 14, 2015 at Invicta FC 14. However, Kianzad missed weight for the fight so it was changed to a non-title bout.[22][23] She lost by TKO in the second round.[24]

She fought Raquel Pa'aluhi on January 14, 2017 at Invicta FC 21.[25] She lost the fight by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[26]

Kianzad faced Sarah Kaufman on January 13, 2018 at Invicta FC 27.[27] At weight-ins, Kianzad weighted 136.7 Ibs, missing 0.7 Ibs of the upper limit in bantamweight of 136 Ibs. Kianzad was fined twenty five percent of her fight purse for missing weight.[28] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Kianzad fought Bianca Daimoni on May 4, 2018 at Invicta FC 29.[30] At weight-ins, Kianzad weighted 134.8 lbs while Daimoni weighted 139.6, missing 3.6 lbs of the upper limit in bantamweight of 136 lbs and the bout proceeded at catchweight. Daimoni was fined twenty five percent of her fight purse for missing weight [31]Kianzad won the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

About a month later she fought Kerry Hughes on June 9, 2018 at Danish MMA Night 1. Kianzad had a dominant performance and won by unanimous decision.[33]

The Ultimate Fighter 28Edit

In August 2018 Kianzad's sponsor Combat Dollies revealed that she had been selected as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter 28, where she would compete at featherweight.[34][35][36]

Kianzad was the fourth pick (second among featherweights) by coach Kelvin Gastelum.[37] She fought Katharina Lehner in the quarter-finals of the tournament. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[38]

In the semi-finals of the tournament, Kianzad was paired up against Julija Stoliarenko. She won the fight by unanimous decision, securing a spot in the finals.[39]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Kianzad faced Macy Chiasson in the finals on November 30, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.[40][41] She lost the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in round two.[42]

Kianzad did not receive a contract from UFC after her loss at TUF 28 Finale.[43]

Post-UFC careerEdit

In her return to the European scene, Kianzad dropped back down to the bantamweight division and faced Bellator veteran Iony Razafiarison on May 11, 2019 at Super Challenge 19.[44] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[45]

Return to Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Kianzad replaced Melissa Gatto in a short notice bout against Julia Avila on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239.[46] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[47]

Kianzad faced Jessica-Rose Clark in a re-match on November 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 163.[48] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[49]

Kianzad was scheduled to face Bethe Correia on May 9, 2020 at UFC 250.[50] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date[51] The bout eventually took place on July 26, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 14.[52] Kianzad won the fight via unanimous decision.[53] Kianzad entered the UFC rankings for the first time in her career after her win over #13 ranked Correia.[54]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit


  • Swedish Shootfighting League
    • 2010 National Women's Featherweight Shootfighting Championship  
    • 2011 National Women's Featherweight Shootfighting Championship  [60]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 13 wins 5 losses
By knockout 3 1
By submission 0 2
By decision 10 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–5 Bethe Correia Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till July 26, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 12–5 Jessica-Rose Clark Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar November 9, 2019 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 11–5 Julia Avila Decision (unanimous) UFC 239 July 6, 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Iony Razafiarison Decision (unanimous) Superior Challenge 19 May 11, 2019 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 10–4 Macy Chiasson Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale November 30, 2018 2 2:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost The Ultimate Fighter 28 Women's Featherweight Tournament.
Win 10–3 Kerry Hughes Decision (unanimous) Danish MMA Night: Vol. 1 June 9, 2018 3 5:00 Brøndby, Denmark
Win 9–3 Bianca Daimoni Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 29: Kaufman vs. Lehner May 4, 2018 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Catchweight (139.6 lb) bout; Daimoni missed weight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 8–3 Sarah Kaufman Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 27: Kaufman vs. Kianzad January 13, 2018 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Catchweight (136.7 lb) bout; Kianzad missed weight.
Loss 8–2 Raquel Pa'aluhi Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet January 14, 2017 1 3:40 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 8–1 Tonya Evinger TKO (punches) Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad September 12, 2015 2 3:34 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Non-title bout; Kianzad missed weight (136.7 lb).
Win 8–0 Jessica-Rose Clark Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 13: Cyborg vs. Van Duin July 9, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Eeva Siiskonen Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors FC 74 November 15, 2014 5 5:00 London, England Bantamweight debut. Won the vacant CWFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Megan van Houtum TKO (punches) Cage Warriors FC 71 August 22, 2014 3 2:17 Amman, Jordan Catchweight (140 lb) bout.
Win 5–0 Annalisa Bucci Decision (unanimous) Superior Challenge 10 May 3, 2014 3 5:00 Helsingborg, Sweden
Win 4–0 Milana Dudieva Decision (unanimous) ProFC 50 October 16, 2013 3 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia Catchweight (140 lb) bout.
Win 3–0 Lina Länsberg TKO (punches) Trophy MMA 1 December 29, 2012 3 4:44 Malmö, Sweden
Win 2–0 Cheryl Flynn TKO (punches) Vision FC 5: Finale December 1, 2012 1 2:50 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 1–0 Helin Paara Decision (unanimous) MMA Raju 9 April 14, 2012 3 4:00 Tallinn, Estonia Featherweight debut.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Julija Stoliarenko Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters November 14, 2018 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 28 Semi-final.
Win 1–0 Katharina Lehner Decision (unanimous) September 5, 2018 (airdate) 2 5:00 TUF 28 Quarter-final.



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