Sirwan Kakai (Kurdish: Sirwan Kakai ,سیروان کاکایی; born October 3, 1989) is a Kurdish mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 2008, Kakai has also competed for the UFC, Pancrase and Titan FC.
|Born||October 3, 1989|
Kermanshah, Iran 
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||67.5 in (171 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Team||GBG MMA |
American Top Team
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 Amateur mixed martial arts record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Kakai made his professional debut in 2008. He competed almost exclusively in the Nordic countries, for a variety of promotions, before his UFC stint. He compiled an 11–2 record, with all but one of his victories ending via KO/TKO or submission.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
Titan Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
In another short notice fight, Kakai faced off against Frankie Saenz on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. Subsequently, as a surprise to some, he was released from the promotion.
In December 2015, it was revealed that Kakai had signed a four-fight deal with Bellator. He made his promotional debut against Joe Taimanglo on March 4, 2016 at Bellator 151. Kakai lost the bout by unanimous decision.
Before embarking on his fight career, Kakai was a construction worker.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
- The Zone FC
- The Zone FC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||12 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||12–5||Joe Warren||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 161||September 16, 2016||3||1:04||Cedar Park, Texas, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Joe Taimanglo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 151||March 4, 2016||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||12–3||Frankie Saenz||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||12–2||Danny Martinez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero||June 27, 2015||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||11–2||Joseph Barajas||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Titan FC 31||October 31, 2014||3||4:40||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||10–2||Carl Fawcett||TKO (punches)||The Zone FC 13: Tough Luck||April 26, 2014||3||4:34||Gothenburg, Sweden||Catchweight (141 lb) bout.|
|Loss||9–2||Taichi Nakajima||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary||September 29, 2013||3||5:00||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||Pancrase World Slam tournament quarterfinal.|
|Win||9–1||Jose Luis Zapater||TKO (knees)||International Ring Fight Arena 4||March 9, 2013||3||2:39||Solna Municipality, Sweden|
|Win||8–1||Vladimir Karasiov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Royal Arena 2||August 31, 2012||1||3:03||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||7–1||Claudemir Souza||TKO (knees and punches)||The Zone FC 10: Demolition||May 6, 2012||3||N/A||Gothenburg, Sweden||Won The Zone FC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||6–1||James Doolan||Submission (guillotine choke)||Superior Challenge 7: Rise of Champions||April 30, 2011||2||3:07||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||5–1||Thomas Back||Decision (unanimous)||The Zone FC 8: Inferno||February 26, 2011||3||5:00||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Win||4–1||Janne Elonen-Kulmala||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight Festival 28||October 16, 2010||1||3:48||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||3–1||Christophe Domin||Submission (triangle choke)||Superior Challenge 5: Pride and Fury||May 1, 2010||1||1:13||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||2–1||Heikki Tiilikka||KO (knee)||Oulu Fight||March 28, 2009||2||4:58||Oulu, Finland|
|Win||1–1||Josh Silva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Duke City MMA Series 1||March 14, 2009||1||2:18||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Michael Gronfors||Decision (unanimous)||The Cage Vol. 10: Neoblood||April 26, 2008||2||5:00||Helsinki, Finland|
Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Amateur record breakdown|
|1 match||1 win||0 losses|
|Win||1–0||Mohammad Babadivad||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto Sweden: Lord of the Ring 1||May 27, 2006||3||5:00||Gävle, Sweden|
- "Sirwan Kakai - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". www.ufc.com.
- "Sirwan Kakai: "I'm ready to show I'm one of the best"". mmaviking.com. 2015-06-08.
- "Announcement: Sirwan Kakai Versus Claudemir Sousa at The Zone FC – Demolition". mmaviking.com. 2012-03-30.
- "Sirwan Kakai Talks About Winning The Zone FC Belt". mmaviking.com. 2012-05-12.
- "Sirwan Kakai: 'Looking forward to challenge' of 8-man tourney at Pancrase 20th anniversary card". mmaviking.com. 2013-07-22.
- "Quick results: Sirwan Kakai at Pancrase 252". mmaviking.com. 2013-09-29.
- "10 European prospects worth watching". sherdog.com. 2011-08-14.
- Guilherme Cruz (August 15, 2013). "TUF 18 cast revealed with male and female bantamweights". mmafighting.com.
- Mike Whitman (September 4, 2013). "'TUF 18' Recap: Episode 1". sherdog.com.
- "Sirwan Kakai skriver kontrakt med Titan FC". 26 September 2014.
- "Titan FC notebook: 14 events planned for 2015".
- "Kakai meets undefeated prospect at Titan FC 31". mmaviking.com. 2014-10-07.
- "Titan FC 31 results". lowkickmma.com. 2014-11-01.
- "Sirwan Kakai vs. William Joplin, Titan FC 34 - MMA Bout Page - Tapology". Tapology.
- "Sirwan Kakai Finally Gets UFC Contract, Fights Saturday". mmaviking.com. 2015-06-23.
- Zane Simon (June 23, 2015). "Welcome to the UFC, Montgomery, Sims, & Kakai". bloodyelbow.com.
- Brent Brookhouse (June 27, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 70 results: Sirwan Kakai shuts out Danny Martinez in debut". mmajunkie.com.
- "Sirwan Kakai vs Frankie Saenz official for UFC Fight Night 73". themmareport.com. 2015-07-02.
- "UFC Fight Night 73 results: Frankie Saenz edges Sirwan Kakai by split decision". mmajunkie.com. 2015-08-08.
- "Rykte: Sirwan Kakai av med sitt UFC-kontrakt". 20 October 2015.
- "Sirwan Kakai 'still in disbelief' after receiving UFC release". mmajr.com. 2015-12-06.
- Tristen Critchfield (December 4, 2015). "Ex-UFC Talent Sirwan Kakai Signs with Bellator MMA for Spring 2016 Debut". sherdog.com.
- "Sirwan Kakai set to make his Bellator debut against Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 151". themmareport.com. 2016-02-10.
- "Kakai makes Bellator debut on main card". mmaviking.com. 2016-02-10.
- "Joe Warren vs Sirwan Kakai set for Bellator 161 co-main event". sherdog.com. 2016-08-09.
- "Sirwan Kakai Official UFC Profile". ufc.com.
- Sherdog.com. "The Zone FC 10 - Demolition". Sherdog.