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Nadia Kassem

Nadia Kassem (born 15 November 1995) is an Australian mixed martial artist and currently fights in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Kassem was born in Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia. Kassem is of Lebanese descent. Her grandparents migrated from Lebanon to Australia in the 1970s. She trained in Taekwondo and played rugby and softball when she was young. She was inspired by The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate TV series, but only started training MMA after watching her brother compete in grappling tournaments. Nadia started competing in amateur MMA not long after and turned pro. She had a record of 4–0 prior to signing with the UFC.

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Nadia Kassem
Born (1995-11-15) 15 November 1995 (age 23)
Other names187
NationalityAustralian
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight52 kg (115 lb; 8 st 3 lb)
DivisionStrawweight
StyleBoxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofWentworthville, Australia
TeamAustralian Top Team
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total6
Wins5
By knockout4
By decision1
Losses1
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nadia Kassem (born 15 November 1995) is an Australian mixed martial artist and currently fights in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[1]

Background

Kassem was born in Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia. Kassem is of Lebanese descent. Her grandparents migrated from Lebanon to Australia in the 1970s.[2] She trained in Taekwondo and played rugby and softball when she was young. She was inspired by The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate TV series, but only started training MMA after watching her brother compete in grappling tournaments. Nadia started competing in amateur MMA not long after and turned pro. She had a record of 4–0 prior to signing with the UFC.[3]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Kassem fought in the Australian circuit under Urban Fight Night and Australia Regional promotion. She amassed an undefeated record of 4–0 prior to being signed by the UFC.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Kassem was expected to make her promotional debut on 11 June 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt in Auckland, New Zealand against JJ Aldrich,[4][5] but was removed from the card, citing injury, and replaced by Chan-Mi Jeon.[6]

Kassem faced Alex Chambers at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017 in Sydney, Australia.[7] At the weight-ins, Kassem weighed in at 120 pounds, 4 pounds over the strawweight upper limit for non-title fights of 116 pounds. The bout proceeded at a catchweight and Kassem forfeited 30% of her purse to Chambers.[8] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[9]

Kassem was scheduled to face Xiaonan Yan on June 13, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 132,[10] however, she was pulled from the event due to injury.[11]

Kassem faced Montana De La Rosa on February 10, 2019 at UFC 234. [12] She lost the fight via armbar in the second round.[13]

Personal life

Her moniker "187" is the American police code for murder.[3]

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–1 Montana De La Rosa Submission (armbar) UFC 234 February 10, 2019 2 2:37 Melbourne, Australia Return to Flyweight.
Win 5–0 Alex Chambers Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura November 19, 2017 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia Return to Strawweight; Kassem missed weight (120 lbs).
Win 4–0 Jasita Yotawan TKO (kicks and punches) JNI Promotions: 1 on 1 February 24, 2017 1 1:27 Hurstville, Australia Won the JNI Promotions Flyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Leigha Aurisch TKO (kicks and punches) Urban Fight Night 9: Fight of the Nations December 3, 2016 1 0:19 Liverpool, Australia Won the UFN Strawweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Belinda Sedgewick KO (spinning back fist) Urban Fight Night 5 December 12, 2015 1 0:10 Liverpool, Australia Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Jiang Zhu KO (punch) JNI Promotions: The Century August 28, 2015 1 0:26 Hurstville, Australia Strawweight debut.

See also

References

  1. "Nadia Kassem ("187")". Tapology. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. Hannoun, Farah (3 November 2017). "Nadia Kassem Looking To Use Her 'High Aggression Rate' To Take Out Alex Chambers At UFC Sydney". The Sports Journal. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 "Interview: Nadia Kassem signs multi-fight contract with UFC and is ready to start with a bang". Fight News Australia. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. "UFC Auckland: Kassem books fight with TUF alumni Aldrich". Fight News Australia. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  5. "Meet Australia's newest UFC fighter". Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  6. "19-year-old Chan-Mi Jeon replaces Nadia Kassem next week at UFC Fight Night 110". MMAjunkie. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  7. DNA, MMA (24 August 2017). "Alex Chambers keert eindelijk terug tegen Nadia Kassem tijdens UFC Sydney". MMA DNA. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  8. "UFC Fight Night 121 official weigh-in results: Headliner set, but four fighters heavy". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-18. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  9. "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Nadia Kassem goes the distance to top gritty Alex Chambers". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  10. DNA, MMA. "Australian Top Team vechters te bewonderen tijdens UFC Singapore". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  11. DNA, MMA. "Viviane Pereira pakt short notice partij tegen Yan Xiaonan tijdens UFC Singapore". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  12. "Nadia Kassem to face Montana De La Rosa at UFC 234". www.news.com.au. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  13. "Nadia Kassem to face Montana De La Rosa at UFC 234". www.news.com.au. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
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