“Mr. Finland” Bids Farewell After a String of Defeats

"End of an Era: Mr. Finland Hangs Up Gloves"

UFC Veteran Retires at 35

Makwan Amirkhani, a seasoned figure in the UFC, has decided to hang up his gloves following a defeat by Mochamed Machaev at OKTAGON 54. Known affectionately as “Mr. Finland,” Amirkhani kicked off his UFC career on a high note with three consecutive victories. However, a loss to Edson Barboza in October 2020 marked the beginning of a challenging phase in his career, with six losses out of seven matches that followed. A submission win against Mike Grundy at UFC London in March 2022 momentarily saved his contract, but subsequent defeats led to his release from the UFC.

A Million Euro Tournament Ends in Disappointment

An exciting tournament organized by Oktagon MMA, boasting a prize pool of one million euros, was anticipated to be Amirkhani’s comeback and reignite his MMA career. Unfortunately, it wasn’t his night, leading to his decision to retire at the age of 35. Born in Kurdistan but representing Finland, Amirkhani trained at the renowned SBG Ireland gym.

Grappling Skills Marred by Stamina Issues

Amirkhani was celebrated for his sharp grappling skills and typically started his matches strong. However, recurring stamina issues, evident after the first round, often compromised his performance. In the latter part of his UFC tenure, these issues led to several match terminations.

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Acknowledgment of Support

On Instagram, Amirkhani expressed gratitude to his fans for their unwavering support throughout his career while announcing his retirement.



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