“Genghis” Kaan Ofli: MMA Fighter Profile

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Kaan “Genghis” Ofli is a formidable featherweight competitor hailing from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Known for his aggressive fighting style and versatility in the octagon, Ofli has made a significant impact in the mixed martial arts scene.

Ofli’s impressive career includes multiple victories by submission and decision, he has showcased his skills across various promotions, including Hex Fight Series and Eternal MMA, and became the HEX Featherweight Champion.

He’s earned recognition and respect as a rising star in the sport leading into his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter Season 32 with Team Grasso. Let’s learn more about him.

Fighter Details

black and white photo of Kaan Ofli fighter posing kneeling down wearing black gym grappling shirt for The BLOCK gym and teammate in background, staring at the camera
  • Full Name: Kaan Ofli
  • Nickname: Genghis
  • Date of Birth: June 19, 1993
  • Age: 30
  • Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Heritage: Republic of Türkiye
  • Height: 5’8″ (172.72 cm)
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65.77 kg)
  • Weight Class: Featherweight
  • Current Association: The BLOCK
  • Previous Associations: Absolute MMA & Conditioning, XFC Narre Warren / Australian Top Team
  • Socials: InstagramFacebookYouTube

Fighter Stats

  • Record: 11-2-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Total Fights: 14
  • Wins: 11
    • By Knockout/Technical Knockout: 1 (10%)
    • By Submission: 5 (50%)
    • By Decision: 4 (40%)
  • Losses: 2
    • By Decision: 2 (100%)
  • Draws: 1
  • Current Streak: 8 consecutive wins
  • Belts: HEX Featherweight Champion

Fight Record

Jarrett WilbrahamHFS – Hex Fight Series 25WinTechnical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)Feb / 24 / 2023
Ernie BracaHFS – Hex Fight Series 24WinSubmission (Guillotine Choke)Nov / 18 / 2022
Jair JuniorBushido Lithuania – MMA Bushido 84WinDecision (Unanimous)Jun / 19 / 2022
Rod CostaEMMA – Eternal MMA 59WinDecision (Unanimous)May / 07 / 2021
Walid LaidiUAE Warriors – UAE Warriors 8WinTKO (Strikes)Oct / 18 / 2019
Scott MacGregorHFS – Hex Fight Series 18WinSubmission (Rear-Naked Choke)Mar / 29 / 2019
Jeremy PacatiwBrave CF 12 – KHK LegacyWinDecision (Unanimous)May / 11 / 2018
Munehiro FujitaAFC 18 – Australian Fighting Championship 18WinSubmission (Bulldog Choke)Apr / 14 / 2017
Issac HardmanAFC 16 – Sosoli vs. TuivasaLossDecision (Unanimous)Jun / 18 / 2016
Nikos TrepcaAFC 15 – Wilkinson vs. AbdallahDrawDraw (Majority)Mar / 19 / 2016
Bayden MandichAFC 14 – Australian Fighting Championship 14WinSubmission (Bulldog Choke)Sep / 12 / 2015
Christian BurghartswieserAFC 12 – Australian Fighting Championship 12WinDecision (Unanimous)Mar / 22 / 2015
Mitch MartinHH – Heavy HittersLossDecision (Split)Nov / 03 / 2014

Kaan Ofli’s Journey on The Ultimate Fighter Season 32

Kaan Ofli’s appearance on The Ultimate Fighter Season 32 marked a significant milestone in his MMA career, showcasing his resilience and determination in pursuit of a UFC contract.

The season, airing in 2024, featured Kaan among a talented pool of fighters vying for a coveted spot in the UFC roster.

Initially hesitant about applying for the show, Kaan was unsure if it aligned with his career trajectory.

Having already established himself in the Australian and New Zealand MMA scenes, including international promotions, Kaan was actively pursuing opportunities to break into the UFC.

But setbacks and stalled fighting opportunities pushed him to reconsider The Ultimate Fighter as a viable pathway.

Upon encouragement from peers and a final push from his wife, Kaan decided to submit his application on the last day.

Shortly after, he was contacted for interviews, signalling a promising step forward.

Upon being selected for the show, Kaan traveled to Las Vegas, where he underwent medical evaluations alongside fellow contestants.

The pre-season isolation period, devoid of communication with other fighters and even periods of no phones set the tone for the intense competition ahead.

Kaan utilized this time to further hone his skills and mental focus in preparation for an intense training and competing period ahead.

In Kaan’s pre-show interview, he noted on his absolute determination to succeed on the show and in combat sports:

“I haven’t been doing anything else but this sport. Through all the adversity and everything that I’ve been through in my life, I’ve never given up. I stayed true to this dream, I’ve worked hard, I’ve been disciplined, I’ve done everything possible to get to this point in life, so this is my chance and I’m not going to let it go to waste.”

Kaan Ofli, speaking on the UFC TUF pre-show interview

In the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter, Kaan was selected by Team Grasso despite comments from Valentina Shevchenko noting he “can take hits and keep moving forward” during the selection process.

This might just be the beginning of global recognition for Kaan Ofli, whose skills are soon to be on full display as he takes on Englishman, Nathan Fletcher.

First appearing on Episode 3 of TUF 32 airing June 18th on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass 10pm ET / 7pm PT in the US.

Kaan Ofli Becoming HEX Featherweight Champion

In February 2023, Kaan took on the freestyle fighter Jarrett Wilbraham to contest for the HEX Featherweight belt.

The contest saw both fighters put on a striking showcase, rocking each other in multiple occasions and pushing the fight into the third round.

But it was when Kaan utilized his superior grappling to take down Jarrett to the mats, worked his way to the back and secured the Rear-Naked Choke and the belt.

It was an event that showed “Genghis” Kaan’s ability to take hits and never back down, pushing forward to engage his opponent and show grit to secure the win.

In a recent social media post, Kaan relinquished the HEX belt prior to the HEX 31 event as he keeps his eyes set on a potential future with the UFC:

Kaan’s Eight Fight Win Streak

Leading up to his first fight on The Ultimate Fighter, Kaan is running on an eight fight win streak that has featured several decision-wins but also submissions and one TKO.

Kaan’s determination to secure the win is apparent and we might see huge things to come from the Australian.

He recently founded his own YouTube channel that shows highlights from his victory streak on the come up to becoming a household name amongst combat sports fans:

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"Genghis" Kaan Ofli

Kaan Ofli’s appearance on The Ultimate Fighter Season 32 marked a significant milestone in his MMA career, showcasing his resilience and determination in pursuit of a UFC contract.

Email: [email protected]

Address: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gender: Male

Job Title: Fighter

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