The UFC reportedly signed Amir Aliakbari to a multi-fight contract, but a debut bout and opponent haven’t been announced at this time.
Aliakbari was last signed to a deal with the Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA) promotion and the president of said promotion says that the newly signed UFC fighter is still a part of their roster.
ACA President Alexey Yatsenko would issue the following statement on the matter through Facebook, accusing Aliakbari and the UFC of breaching the fighter’s contract with the ACA:
“Iranian fighter Amir Aliakbari announced that he has signed a contract with the UFC, forgetting that he has a valid agreement with ACA. We have reminded the athlete of his obligations and have also notified UFC Vice President Shawn Shelby and matchmaker Mick Maynard about the violation of this fighter’s exclusive agreement with our organization. We sent all the documents confirming Aliakbari’s obligations to our league. We are waiting for explanations from the fighter and the response from the UFC on this issue and we reserve the right to take appropriate measures to protect the interests of our promotion.”
There has been no response from either Aliakbari or the UFC as to the status of the fighter with either promotion. Aliakbari competed three times under the ACA banner, most notably defeating UFC veteran Daniel Omielanczuk by unanimous decision at ACA 89.