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UFC Fight Night Prelim Breakout Star: Makwan Amirkhani

 

The Prelim Breakout Star is a once per event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented guy on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have overlooked or underestimated.

 

It’s officially the 100th installment of Prelim Breakout Star! It’s a big moment for the column and I would like to thank Jeff Fox, the owner of this site, for having me write for him for all 100 of these. Please stay tuned this week coming up for our 100th anniversary article in which we detail our best and worst choices. Let’s hope this weeks ends up in the former column.

 

Makwan Amirkhani

Nickname – Mr. Finland
Affiliation – Turku Muay Thai
From – Turku, Finland
Height – 5’11”
Weight – 145 lbs (Featherweight)
Record – 11-2 (1-0 UFC)

 

What makes him impressive

Many watched as Mr. Finland sprinted across the cage and hit a flying knee for an eight second knockout at UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs Johnson in January. The subsequent interview and press conference made him an instant fan favorite. However, his mic skills and knockout power are actually the least impressive things about Amirkhani. A Finnish champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, he uses his skills in the discipline to get the fight to the floor; and that’s where the magic happens. Mr. Finland is bold on the mat. He’s willing to go for submissions from anywhere, which is exactly why he has eight first round submissions in his 11 career wins.

 

Why he has been overlooked

The knockout of Andy Ogle was impressive. When he proclaimed his love for Joe Rogan and Fear Factor, it was funny. But still, that was only his first UFC fight. Additionally, he’s still never fought on U.S. soil or even off of the Scandinavian peninsula. Berlin is a little ways away, but it will help him build up that international fan base.

 

What makes this a good matchup

Masio Fullen lists himself as a boxer. While he is a good one, with some real submission skills, he is susceptible to the takedown. Twice in his last fight he got ripped to the ground and his previous opponent, Alex Torres, had nowhere near the wrestling credentials as Amirkhani has. Not to mention, if Amirkhani gets him down early, it will be a short night for Fullen.

 

Record: 61 Wins, 35 Losses, 1 NC, 2 Did Not Fight (DNF)

  1. Francisco Trinaldo – UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping (W)
  2. Simeon Thoresen – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Dodson (L)
  3. Tyron Woodley – UFC 156 (W)
  4. Vaughan Lee – UFC on Fuel: Barao vs McDonald (W)
  5. Dennis Bermudez – UFC 157 (W)
  6. Cristiano Marcello – UFC on Fuel: Stann vs Silva (L)
  7. Daron Cruickshank – UFC 158 (L)
  8. Ryan LaFlare – UFC on Fuel: Mousasi vs Latifi (W)
  9. Bart Palaszewski – TUF Finale (L)
  10. Yoel Romero – UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez (W)
  11. Rustam Khabilov – UFC 159 (W)
  12. Fabio Maldonado – UFC on FX: Belfort vs Rockhold (W)
  13. Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC 160 (W)
  14. Antonio Braga Neto – UFC on Fuel: Nogueira vs Werdum (W)
  15. Roland Delorme – UFC 161 (W)
  16. Seth Baczynski – UFC 162 (L)
  17. Jorge Masvidal – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Moraga (W)
  18. Ednaldo Oliveira – UFC 163 (L)
  19. Mike Brown – UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Sonnen (L)
  20. Dylan Andrews – UFC Fight Night: Condit vs Kampmann (W)
  21. Soa Palelei – UFC 164 (W)
  22. Elias Silverio – UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs Bader (W)
  23. John Makdessi – UFC 165 (W)
  24. Alan Patrick – UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Shields (W)
  25. Andre Fili – UFC 166 (W)
  26. Jimy Hettes – UFC Fight Night: Machida vs Munoz (W)
  27. Germaine de Randamie – UFC Fight for the Troops 3 (L)
  28. Omari Akhmedov – UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs Henderson (W)
  29. Sergio Pettis – UFC 167 (W)
  30. Roxanne Modafferi – TUF Finale (L)
  31. Takeya Mizugaki – UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Bigfoot (W)
  32. Alptekin Ozkilic – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Benavidez (W)
  33. Siyar Bahadurzada – UFC 168 (L)
  34. Mairbek Taisumov – UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs Lim (W)
  35. Charlie Brenneman – UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs Philippou (L)
  36. Walt Harris – UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Thomson (L)
  37. Clint Hester – UFC 169 (W)
  38. Joe Proctor – UFC Fight Night: Machida vs Mousasi (W)
  39. Aljamain Sterling – UFC 170 (W)
  40. Zak Cummings – TUF China Finale (DNF)
  41. Cyrille Diabate – UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Manuwa (L)
  42. Mats Nilsson – UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Manuwa (L)
  43. Alex Garcia – UFC 171 (W)
  44. Hans Stringer – UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Henderson (W)
  45. Jim Alers – UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs Nelson (W)
  46. Ryan Jimmo – TUF Finale (W)
  47. Caio Magalhaes – UFC on Fox: Werdum vs Browne (W)
  48. Joe Ellenberger – UFC 172 (DNF)
  49. Kyoji Horiguchi – UFC Fight Night: Brown vs Silva (W)
  50. Francisco Trinaldo – UFC 173 (L)
  51. Iuri Alcantara – UFC FIght Night: Mousasi vs Munoz (W)
  52. Paulo Thiago – TUF Brazil Finale (L)
  53. Jon Tuck – UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Khabilov (W)
  54. Mike Easton – UFC 174 (L)
  55. Ian Entwistle – UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs Te Huna (L)
  56. Ray Borg – UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Stevens (W)
  57. Rob Font – UFC 175 (W)
  58. Derrick Lewis – TUF Finale (W)
  59. Jessamyn Duke – UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs Miller (L)
  60. Nikita Krylov – UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Brandao (W)
  61. Patrick Cummins – UFC on Fox: Lawler vs Brown (W)
  62. Sam Alvey – UFC Fight Night: Bader vs Saint Preux (L)
  63. Yuta Sasaki – UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Le (W)
  64. Ben Saunders – UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs dos Anjos (W)
  65. Damon Jackson – UFC 177 (L)
  66. Chas Skelly – UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs Mousasi (W)
  67. Godofredo ‘Pepey’ Castro – UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs Arlovski (W)
  68. Alex Caceres – UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Nelson (L)
  69. Cody Gibson – UFC 178 (L)
  70. Marcin Bandel – UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs Story (L)
  71. Jason Saggo -UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs Saffiedine (L)
  72. Yan Cabral – UFC 179 (W)
  73. Jake Mathews – UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs Bisping (W)
  74. Thomas Almeida – UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Saint Preux (W)
  75. Gabriel Benitez – UFC 180 (W)
  76. Paige VanZant – UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson (W)
  77. Clay Collard – UFC 181 (W)
  78. Aisling Daly – TUF Finale (W)
  79. Jamie Varner – UFC on Fox 13 (L)
  80. Jake Collier – UFC Fight Night: Machida vs Dollaway (L)
  81. Alexis Dufresne – UFC 182 (L)
  82. Charles Rosa – UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Siver (W)
  83. Konstantin Erokhin – UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs Johnson (L)
  84. Sara McMann – UFC 183 (L)
  85. James Moontasri – UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Thatch (W)
  86. William ‘Patolino’ Macario – UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs Mir (L)
  87. Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto – UFC 184 – (NC)
  88. Joseph Duffy – UFC 185 (W)
  89. Christos Giagos – UFC Fight Night: Maia vs LaFlare (W)
  90. Ron Stallings – UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs Mendes (W)
  91. Stevie Ray – UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs Cro Cop 2 (W)
  92. Beneil Dariush – UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs Machida (W)
  93. Olivier Aubin-Mercier – UFC 186 (W)
  94. Lisa Ellis – UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Miocic (L)
  95. Dhiego Lima – UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Faber (L)
  96. Islam Makhachev – UFC 187 (W)
  97. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos – UFC Fight Night: Condit vs Alves (L)
  98. Ricardo Abreu – UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs Hendeson (L)
  99. Henry Cejudo – UFC 188 (W)