- Given Name: Daniel Sarafian Gantman
- Pro MMA Record: 11-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: N/A
- Current Streak: 2 Wins
- Age: 1982-08-21 | Date of Birth: 1982.08.21
- Last Fight: March 09, 2018 in ACB
- Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.8 lbs
- Affiliation: Demian Maia JJ
- Height: 5'9" (175cm) | Reach: 69.7" (177cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $52,000 USD
- Born: Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Fighting out of: Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Sarafian started training martial arts at five years old 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".
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. 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 apart 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 Sergio 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. But Sarafian got injured and could not compete in the final.
His first fight for the UFC would be a Split Decision loss to CB Dolloway however he would earn Fight of the Night. He would follow the loss up with a first round submission of Eddie Mendez.