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Ilir Latifi

16Wins8Losses1No Contest

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Win Rate
64 %
Finish Rate
56 %
Decision Win %
60 %

Ilir Latifi

5' 10 (178 cm)
74 in. (6' 2/187 cm)
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
Ilir Latifi is a Swedish mixed martial artist who previously fought in the Heavyweight division of the UFC. A two-time national wrestling champion and a professional MMA competitor since 2008, Latifi has also competed in Shark Fights, Rumble of The Kings, and GLORY.
Fighter Trivia
Latifi was raised in Rosengård, where he befriended football player Zlatan Ibrahimović. His brother Arben "the king" Latifi, who Ilir has described as his greatest influence in life, is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was one of the pioneers of Swedish MMA in the early days, winning both the championship in European Open BJJ and the Panamerican Championship during his active career. In 2016, Latifi was awarded role model of the year and received the most votes for the people's choice award in the annual Swedish martial arts awards ceremony Kampsportsgalan.

Awards & Accolades

  • UFC: Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • UFC: Tied (Anthony Johnson & Volkan Oezdemir) for most Light Heavyweight stoppage victories in less than one minute in UFC history (2)
  • Superior Challenge: Superior Challenge Light Heavyweight Championship (One time; First)
  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club: 2003 ADCC European Championships
  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club: 2004 ADCC European Qualifiers Winner
  • Nordic Wrestling Association: 2001 Nordic Championship Junior -97 kg (213 lbs) Greco-Roman Championship
  • Swedish Wrestling Federation: 2005 Swedish National Light Heavyweight Greco-Roman Championship

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