Damir Hadzovic
The Bosnian Bomber

Bosnia and Herzegovina

New opponent for May 8
LightweightUFC
April 16, 2021
Hadzovic will face replacement fighter Yancy Medeiros in UFC's May 8 event, Farrah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Hadzovic originally lined up to face Nikolas Motta, but the latter was forced to withdraw due to an unspecified injury. Medeiros last fought in February and lost to Lando Vannata via unanimous decision, which marked his third straight defeat.
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To fight Motta on May 8
LightweightUFC
March 3, 2021
Hadzovic is set to take on Nikolas Motta in a lightweight fight at the UFC's May 8 event, MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Hadzovic will be looking to revenge his latest defeat to Renato Moicano via submission at UFC Fight Night in Brazil back on March 14, 2020. Meanwhile, Motta will be making is UFC debut after he was awarded a contract by defeating Joseph Lowry on Nov. 10, 2020.
Quickly taps out in Brasilia
LightweightUFC
March 14, 2020
Hadzovic lost to Renato Moicano via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
And just like that, we have our first stoppage of the evening. Unfortunately for Hadzovic, he was the victim and didn't manage to last 45 seconds in the process. He gave up an early takedown and found himself tapping out just seconds later. Hadzovic was kind of thrown to the wolves here against a far superior opponent in hostile territory. Of course, the fact there were no fans in the building probably helped Hadzovic and he still couldn't take advantage. He has lost two fights in a row. There's nothing to see here.
Facing Renato Moicano in March
LightweightUFC
January 16, 2020
Hadzovic will take on Renato Moicano in a lightweight matchup at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Hadzovic is coming off a loss to Christian Giagos via unanimous decision in June that ended a two-fight winning streak as Hadzovic allowed Giagos to land takedowns at will. Moicano is coming off back-to-back losses, most recently losing to Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches) at UFC Greenville in June. Moicano displayed his powerful striking skills against Jung but failed to prevent Jung's counter strikes. Hadzovic has a slight advantage in height, while Moicano carries a reach advantage.
Cedes too much ground in loss
LightweightUFC
June 1, 2019
Hadzovic lost to Christian Giagos via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hadzovic has shown himself to be a powerful striker in the past but just allowed his opponent to dictate terms a bit too much in this one, resulting in the "The Spartan" getting off first and landing takedowns at will. Hadzovic can be a force in The Octagon when he can get his game going but he will need to find a way to deal with fighters who push the pace if he wants to have sustained success. He falls to 13-5 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Outsmarts opponent with wrestling
LightweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Hadzovic defeated Marco Polo Reyes via TKO (punches) at 2:03 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hadzovic appeared to be struggling with the volume and ferocity of Reyes early on but surprised the Mexican fighter by shooting reactive takedowns in an effort to relieve the pressure. The strategy paid serious dividends in Round 2, as Hadzovic was able to flatten his opponent out and land vicious ground and pound before the ref stopped the bout. We have seen Hadzovic add tools to his game in recent fights, and he will only become more formidable if he is able to mix wrestling in with his heavy-handed striking on a consistent basis. Hadzovic improves to 13-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory,