Iranian Amir Aliakbari Released from ACA Contract to Go to UFC

By Dmytro Synyak Jun 6, 2019

Highly touted prospect Amir Aliakbari is free from his contractual obligations and is now ready to fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship soon.

In the spring of 2019, Iranian heavyweight Aliakbari (10-1) announced that he had signed a contract with the UFC, whilst still having a valid contract with Russian promotion Absolute Championship Akhmat. The Aliakbari contract, under which he was to set to complete four fights in the organization, was signed in December 2017. In the ACA, the Iranian fought three times, winning over Shelton Graves, Daniel Omielanczuk and Denis Smoldarev.

"During the pre-trial negotiations between our organization and Aliakbari's management, the latter were offered compensation to the ACA league for early termination of the contract. The founder of the league, Mairbek Khasiev, decided to release the fighter from his unfulfilled obligations. The compensation offered by the Aliakbari team will be donated to charity," said ACA League President Alexei Yatsenko.

Aliakbari holds seven stoppage wins to his credit, all by first-round knockout. Making his major promotional debut at Rizin Fighting Federation in the inaugural openweight Grand Prix, Aliakbari defeated Joao Isidoro Almeida, Heath Herring and Valentin Moldavsky to reach the finals. It was there that Aliakbari suffered his first and only loss of his career, losing by knockout to Mirko Filipovic. Since the loss, Aliakbari has won all five of his bouts, including four finishes.

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