"The Sledgehammer"


Fighting style: Wrestling
Stance: Orthodox
Division: Heavyweight
Height: 5' 10"
Reach: 73"
Leg reach: 41.00
Weight: 230 lbs.
Team: Allstars Training Center
Nationality: Malmo, Sweden
Age: 40


Wins by KO: 6
Wins by submission: 5
Wins by decision: 17



Significant Strikes Attempted: 600
Significant Strikes Landed: 257


Takedowns Attempted: 52
Takedowns Landed: 10


Ilir Latifi is an Albanian-Swedish mixed martial artist currently competing in the light heavyweight division of the UFC. Born Ilir Rexhepi on April 8, 1983 in Tirana, Albania, he started his martial arts career at a young age with judo and wrestling before transitioning to MMA in 2007. Throughout his career, Latifi has competed in multiple promotions such as Bellator Fighting Championships (BFC) and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC). He was also an alternate for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.

Latifi made his professional MMA debut on May 18th 2007 with a win over Mikael Silander at Valhallacupen 4 by submission due to strikes. After compiling 4 wins over his first 4 fights while competing primarily in Sweden’s local circuits, Latifi signed with Bellator FC and went on to win 2 more fights via TKO & KO giving him a 6-0 record before signing with CWFC where he would eventually become their Light Heavyweight champion after winning 3 consecutive fights all by way of unanimous decision against Mike Neun, Ryan Jimmo and Karlos Vemola respectively.

In 2013 Ilir signed with the UFC as part of their European series where he quickly became known for huge power punches which allowed him to finish opponents early; particularly when fighting out of the clinch or backed up against the cage – two areas that have become staples of his fight style since joining UFC . So far throughout this tenure he’s gone 8-5 overall including notable wins over fighters like Ovince St Preux & Tyson Pedro among others.
He’s also earned himself numerous award nominations such as ‘Fighter Of The Night’ honors from most recent bout vs Corey Anderson which resulted in yet another impressive display from Mr Latifi who won via Unanimous Decision after dominating every round throughout 5 full minutes worth of action earning him accolades media coverage across multiple countries worldwide

Although often overshadowed by other star athletes within the same weight class given both current reigning champion Jon Jones & contender Anthony Smith hail from same weight class; It should not be overlooked that Ilir Latify is still one of top contenders within light heavyweight division , equipped not only talent & power but great technique knowledge as well allowing him keep pace even if faced off against tougher opposition ensuring fans can expect some entertaining show no matter what night comes around next time we get see Mr Liatifis inside octagon

Fight History

Rodrigo Nascimento
Ilir Latifi: Defeated
by Split Decision in Round 3
Sat. May 20, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Hill
Aleksei Oleinik
Ilir Latifi: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Oct 01, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Yan
Tanner Boser
Ilir Latifi: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Jun 05, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai
Derrick Lewis
Ilir Latifi: Defeated
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Feb 08, 2020
UFC 247: Jones vs. Reyes
Volkan Oezdemir
Ilir Latifi: Defeated
by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Aug 10, 2019
UFC FN: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche


What Is Ilir Latifi's Record In MMA?
Ilir Latifi's record in MMA is 17 wins, 9 losses, and 1 no contest.

Who Is Ilir Latifi In UFC?
Ilir Latifi is a Swedish mixed martial artist, a two-time national wrestling champion and professional MMA competitor since 2008, who most recently fought in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

What Is Ilir Latifi's Height?
Ilir Latifi stands at a height of 5′ 10″.

Who Will Ilir Latifi Fight Next?
As a UFC journalist, I don't have current information on Ilir Latifi's next opponent based on his fight history.

What Is Ilir Latifi's Net Worth?
The net worth of Ilir Latifi is currently unknown.

What Is Ilir Latifi's Nationality?
Ilir Latifi is of Swedish nationality.

What Is Ilir Latifi's Record On Tapology?
Ilir Latifi's record on Tapology is 16-9-0.

Who Won The Fight Between Ilir Latifi And Derrick Lewis?
Derrick Lewis won the fight against Ilir Latifi at UFC 247 via a unanimous decision.

What Is Ilir Latifi's Religion?
Ilir Latifi's religion is unknown.