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Daniel Sarafian
Born Daniel Sarafian Gantman
(1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 40)
São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Ethnicity Armenian
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 69.7 in (177 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of São Paulo, Brazil
Team Power MMA And Fitness
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 11
By knockout 1
By submission 7
By decision 3
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 3

Daniel Sarafian Gantman (born 21 August 1982 in São Paulo) is an Armenian-Brazilian mixed martial artist who last competed in 2018. A professional since 2006, Sarafian has formerly competed for the UFC, Bellator, Absolute Championship Berkut, and was a competitor on Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.


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".

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

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 23 June 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 19 January 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 8 June 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 Ultimate Fighter: Brazil middleweight final, Sarafian faced Cezar Ferreira on 9 November 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. He lost the fight via split decision.

Sarafian faced Kiichi Kunimoto in a welterweight bout on 14 June 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 20 December 2014, at UFC Fight Night 58. However, Miller pulled out of the bout on 11 December 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 6 June 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68. However on 4 May, 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 21 February 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

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 11 wins 6 losses
By knockout 1 2
By submission 7 1
By decision 3 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–6 Carlos Eduardo Decision (unanimous) ACB 82: Silva vs. Kolobegov 9 March 2018 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 10–6 James Austen Heidlage Decision (unanimous) LFA: Sioux Falls Fight Night 1 29 April 2017 3 5:00 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 9–6 Oluwale Bamgbose KO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy 21 February 2016 1 1:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 9–5 Antônio dos Santos TKO (finger injury) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway 20 December 2014 2 1:01 Barueri, Brazil Return to Middleweight.
Loss 8–5 Kiichi Kunimoto Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 174 14 June 2014 1 2:52 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Welterweight debut.
Loss 8–4 Cezar Ferreira Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 9 November 2013 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 8–3 Eddie Mendez Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum 8 June 2013 1 2:20 Fortaleza, Brazil
Loss 7–3 C.B. Dollaway Decision (split) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping 19 January 2013 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 7–2 Ricardo Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) Pretorian 1 5 July 2011 1 4:01 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 6–2 Gilklei Antonio Silva Submission (punches) Blaze FC 1 26 February 2011 1 1:44 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 5–2 Mauricio Alonso Decision (unanimous) First Class Fight 5 23 October 2010 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 4–2 Yuri Villas Boas Submission (arm-triangle choke) Hero Kombat 1 24 April 2010 1 2:14 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 3–2 Gary Padilla TKO (punches) Bellator 1 3 April 2009 2 3:04 Hollywood, Florida, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 3–1 Cedric Marks Submission (triangle choke) Xtreme Fight Championship 27 February 2009 1 2:06 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 2–1 Lamont Lister Submission (armbar) District Combat Promotions 1 13 December 2008 3 1:32 Washington, D.C., United States
Loss 1–1 Mike Whitehead Decision (unanimous) Platinum Fighting Productions 1 9 December 2007 3 5:00 Quezon City, Philippines
Win 1–0 Jorge Luis Bezerra Submission (guillotine choke) Predador FC 2 11 August 2006 3 0:43 São Paulo, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3-0 Sérgio Moraes KO (flying knee) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 17 June 2012 (airdate) 1 4:07 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil semifinal round.
Win 2-0 Renee Forte Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 8 May 2012 (airdate) 2 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil preliminary round.
Win 1-0 Richardson Moreira Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 25 March 2012 (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil elimination round.

See also

  • List of current UFC fighters
  • List of male mixed martial artists
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