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Nationality  Brazilian
Name  Daniel Sarafian
Reach  73.0 in (185 cm)

Height  5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Ethnicity  Armenian
Wins by knockout  1
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Born  Daniel Sarafian Gantman August 21, 1982 (age 33) Sao Paulo, Brazil (1982-08-21)
Weight  185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division  Middleweight Welterweight

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Daniel Sarafian Gantman (born August 21, 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian-Armenian mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Sarafian has formerly competed for the UFC, Bellator, and was a competitor on Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.


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Sarafian is currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Absolute Championship Berkut.

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Sarafian started training in the martial arts at the age of five years under his grandfather who was a black belt in judo. Sarafian took solely judo classes until he was ten years old when he began training karate. At sixteen he began taking lessons in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After entering high school and getting constantly picked on for being overweight, Sarafian began working out and training MMA. Only a couple classes into MMA, Sarafian "fell in love with fighting".

Early career

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Sarafian made his professional debut at Predator FC 2 against Jorge Luis Bezerra, winning the fight via submission in round three. In his next bout, he agreed to fight UFC and Strikeforce veteran Mike Whitehead. Sarafian lost the fight via unanimous decision. After his bout with Whitehead Sarafian was asked to take a fight for District Combat Promotions, a small promotion based in the United States. Sarafian took the fight and won via submission (armbar) in the third round.

Sarafian stayed in the United States and fought on the Texas' promotion, Xtreme Fight Championship. He fought Cedric Marks and won the fight via submission in the first round. Sarafian then signed a one-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships to compete on their first fight card of their inaugural season. Sarafian fought Gary Padilla, losing in the second round via referee stoppage. Sarafian racked up four straight wins before signing on to take part on The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter

In March 2012, it was revealed that Sarafian was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Sarafian defeated Richardson Moreira via decision to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.

Sarafian was selected as the third pick (sixth overall) by Vitor Belfort to be a part of Team Belfort. In the first Middleweight fight of the season, Sarafian was selected to fight Renee Forte. Sarafian dominated the fight and won via rear naked choke in the second round.

In the semi-finals Sarafian was selected to fight Sérgio Moraes. Sarafian won the fight in the first round via KO after hitting Moraes with a flying knee as he dropped for a take down. The win moved Sarafian into the finals of the middleweight tournament, set to take place at the UFC 147.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Sarafian was scheduled to officially make his UFC debut at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 to determine the middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. However, due to an injury, Sarafian was replaced by Sérgio Moraes and did not compete at the event.

In his debut, Sarafian faced C.B. Dollaway on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. Despite the loss, it was awarded the Fight of the Night honors.

Sarafian faced promotional newcomer Eddie Mendez on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. He won the fight via arm triangle submission in the first round.

In what was originally set to be the The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil middleweight final, Sarafian faced Cezar Ferreira on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. He lost the fight via split decision.

Sarafian faced Kiichi Kunimoto in a welterweight bout on June 14, 2014 at UFC 174. He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.

Sarafian was expected to return to middleweight and face Dan Miller on December 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 58. However, Miller pulled out of the bout on December 11 and was replaced by promotional newcomer Antônio dos Santos. Sarafian won the fight via second round TKO as dos Santos dislocated a finger and was unable to continue.

Sarafian was expected to face Ricardo Abreu on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68. However on May 4, Sarafian was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury and was replaced by Jake Collier.

Sarafian was expected to face Sam Alvey on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83. However, Alvey pulled out of the bout in late December after sustaining a broken jaw and was replaced by Oluwale Bamgbose Sarafian lost the fight via knockout in the first round. After his loss to Bamgbose, Sarafian was subsequently released from the promotion

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Middleweight Tournament Finalist (replaced due to injury by Sérgio Moraes)
  • References

    Daniel Sarafian Wikipedia