UFC has snapped up one of the world’s top unsigned heavyweights Amir Aliakbari.
The former Full Metal Dojo competitor announced the signing on Instagram, with ESPN later confirming the deal with UFC officials.
Aliakbari racked up a 10-1 record as a professional fighter competing with FMD, RIZIN and later ACB. The only defeat of his MMA career came against Mirko Cro Cop at the RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix in 2016.
The 31-year-old was a decorated wrestler before starting his MMA career, winning the 2010 world greco-roman title before failing a drug test for steroids.
The Iranian came back to win a second world title in 2013, but was stripped of the gold medal and banned for life after testing positive for steroids a second time.