‘Mr. Finland’ Makwan Amirkhani Ready To Take Over The UFC
A surging featherweight in the UFC, Makwan Amirkhani believes he is just getting started.
At UFC 251, the Iranian-born Amirkhani (16-4) took on Danny Henry. In the middle of the first round, “Mr. Finland” earned his eleventh win via submission when he locked in the fourth anaconda choke of his career. Henry was down and out, and it looked like he needed help getting up. Amirkhani earned praise by the MMA community for making sure his opponent was OK, a sign of a growing and caring fighter.
Technique on display 👏
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The win was a rebound for Amirkhani, who lost his last bout against Shane Burgos back in November. Inside Madison Square Garden, Amirkhani lost via TKO, ending a two-fight win streak.
“Everything went terribly wrong in my last fight. I got a new opportunity to show I belong here and what I’m about,” Amirkhani stated after the fight, via MMA Junkie. “I feel amazing, like a reborn child. Victories are always nice, but in the first round is always sweeter.”
Resettling in Finland around 1993 following the Iran-Iraq War, Amirkhani has won titles in numerous freestyle wrestling tournaments. With a 10-2 record in Finland, Amirkhani joined the UFC in 2015. 6-2 with the promotion, Amirkhani is in the top five of the fastest UFC knockouts, with eight seconds in his UFC debut.
As far as who he would like to fight next, Amirkhani is ready for whoever the UFC puts in front of him. After watching Alexander Volkanovski beat Max Holloway to retain the UFC Featherweight Title, he can’t wait to get his hands on gold soon.
“I don’t have a name in mind,” Amirkhani ended up saying. “Whoever the UFC offers me, I will always say yes. I just want to go back and start my training again. I’m aiming for the belt. That’s where I’m heading, so there’s no time to celebrate.”