Hakeem Tyrone Dawodu (born July 2, 1991) is a Canadian mixed martial artist, currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship and fights in the Featherweight division. He previously competed for the World Series of Fighting.

Hakeem Dawodu
Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 244
Born (1991-07-02) July 2, 1991 (age 32)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Other namesMean
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofCalgary, Alberta, Canada
TeamChampion's Creed MMA
Mike Miles Kickboxing Team
Years active2014–present
Kickboxing record
Total9
Wins9
By knockout7
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins13
By knockout7
By decision6
Losses4
By submission1
By decision3
Draws1
Amateur Muay Thai record
Total47
Wins42
By knockout15
Losses5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early life edit

Dawodu was born in Calgary to a mother from Nigeria and a father from Jamaica. When he was six years old, his father was deported, forcing his mother to raise him on her own. He had a troubled childhood; he was first placed in a juvenile detention center at the age of 14. Two years later, his counselor placed him in Muay Thai training as a means of controlling his anger.[2]

Mixed martial arts career edit

His background is in Muay Thai, where he went 42–5 (15 KOs) as an amateur and 9–0 (7 KOs) as a pro.[3][4]

World Series of Fighting edit

On February 21, 2014, Dawodu made his professional debut at WSOF Canada 1 against Behrang Yousefi.[5] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[6]

On June 7, 2014, Dawodu faced Jake Macdonald at WSOF Canada 2.[7] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[8]

On October 11, 2014, Dawodu faced Mike Malott at WSOF 14.[9] He won via technical knockout due to punches and elbows in the first round.[10]

On February 11, 2015, Dawodu faced Tristan Johnson at WSOF 18.[11] He won via technical knockout in the third round.[12]

On June 5, 2015, Dawodu faced Chuka Willis at WSOF 21.[13] He won via technical knockout due to knees and punches in the second round.[14]

On December 18, 2015, Dawodu faced Marat Magomedov at WSOF 26.[15] The fight ended in a majority draw.[16]

On July 30, 2016, Dawodu faced Marat Magomedov at WSOF 32 in a rematch.[17] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[18]

Replacing Alexandre de Almeida, Dawodu faced UFC vet Steven Siler at WSOF 35 March 18, 2017.[19] [20]He won the fight via unanimous decision, this marked the first time he gained victory by decision.[21]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

On November 11, 2017, it was announced that Dawodu signed a four fight deal with the UFC.[22][23]

Dawodu faced Danny Henry on March 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 127.[24] He lost the fight via submission in the fight's opening minute.[25]

Dawodu faced Austin Arnett on July 28, 2018, at UFC on Fox 30.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Dawodu faced Kyle Bochniak on December 8, 2018, at UFC 231.[28] Dawodu won the fight via split decision.[29]

Dawodu faced promotional newcomer Yoshinori Horie on July 27, 2019, at UFC 240[30] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[31] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[32]

Dawodu faced Julio Arce on November 2, 2019, at UFC 244.[33] He won the fight by split decision.[34]

Dawodu faced Zubaira Tukhugov on September 27, 2020 at UFC 253.[35] Tukhugov missed weight, and was subsequently fined a percentage of his purse, which will go to Dawodu.[36] Dawodu won by split decision.[37]

As the first bout of his new four-fight contract, Dawodu was expected to face Shane Burgos on January 24, 2021 at UFC 257.[38][39] However, Dawodu was forced to withdraw from the bout, citing shoulder injury.[40]'

Dawodu faced Movsar Evloev on June 12, 2021, at UFC 263.[41] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[42]

Dawodu faced Michael Trizano on February 5, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 200.[43] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[44]

Dawodu faced Julian Erosa on September 10, 2022, at UFC 279.[45] At the weigh-ins, Dawodu weighed in at 149.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the non-title featherweight limit. Dawodu was fined 30% of his purse, which will go to his opponent Erosa.[46] Dawodu lost the fight via unanimous decision.[47]

Dawodu was scheduled to face Lucas Almeida on June 10, 2023, at UFC 289.[48] However, the bout was scrapped for unknown reasons and Almeida was rebooked for a new fight.[49]

Dawodu faced Cub Swanson on August 12, 2023, at UFC on ESPN: Luque vs. dos Anjos.[50] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[51]

Championships and accomplishments edit

MMA

Muay Thai & Kickboxing Professional

Amateur

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 13 wins 4 losses
By knockout 7 0
By submission 0 1
By decision 6 3
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–4–1 Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Luque vs. dos Anjos August 12, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–3–1 Julian Erosa Decision (unanimous) UFC 279 September 10, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (149.5 lb) bout; Dawodu missed weight.
Win 13–2–1 Michael Trizano Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland February 5, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–2–1 Movsar Evloev Decision (unanimous) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 12–1–1 Zubaira Tukhugov Decision (split) UFC 253 September 27, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (150 lb) bout; Tukhugov missed weight.
Win 11–1–1 Julio Arce Decision (split) UFC 244 November 2, 2019 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Win 10–1–1 Yoshinori Horie TKO (head kick) UFC 240 July 27, 2019 3 4:09 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Performance of the Night.
Win 9–1–1 Kyle Bochniak Decision (split) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–1–1 Austin Arnett Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 7–1–1 Danny Henry Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov March 17, 2018 1 0:39 London, England
Win 7–0–1 Steven Siler Decision (unanimous) WSOF 35 March 18, 2017 3 5:00 Verona, New York, United States
Win 6–0–1 Marat Magomedov TKO (punches) WSOF 32 July 30, 2016 2 2:03 Everett, Washington, United States
Draw 5–0–1 Marat Magomedov Draw (majority) WSOF 26 December 18, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Chuka Willis TKO (knees and elbows) WSOF 21 June 5, 2015 2 2:55 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 4–0 Tristan Johnson TKO (punches) WSOF 18 February 12, 2015 3 1:59 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 3–0 Mike Malott TKO (punches and elbows) WSOF 14 October 11, 2014 1 4:13 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–0 Jake Macdonald KO (punches) WSOF Canada 2 June 7, 2014 2 0:18 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Catchweight (150 lb) bout.
Win 1–0 Behrang Yousefi KO (punch) WSOF Canada 1 February 21, 2014 1 1:07 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Muay Thai and kickboxing record edit

Kickboxing record
9 Wins (7 (T)KO's), 0 Loss, 0 draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2015-01-24 Win   Charlie Peters Canadian Challenger Muay Thai Series 12 Edmonton, Canada Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
2014-04-05 Win   Samsamut Kiatponthip Canadian Challenger Muay Thai Series 10 Calgary, Canada Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Wins WMC intercontinental Welterweight title.
2014-01-24 Win   Junpei Hirai WMC Challenger Muay Thai Series 9 Calgary, Canada KO 1
2013-11-17 Win   Kongnapa Weerasakreck M-FIGHT SUK WEERASAKRECK IV Tokyo, Japan TKO (Punches) 3 2:36
2013-05-25 Win   Ryan Wiese K-1 8-man tournament, final Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2013-05-25 Win   K-1 8-man tournament, semi-finals Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago KO 3
2013-05-25 Win   Davin Sinaswee K-1 8-man tournament, quarter-finals Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago KO (Low Kick) 1
2013-04-19 Win   Sheldon Gaines Challenger 7 - 'HEAVY DUTY' Calgary, Canada KO 4
2012-11-24 Win   Rungjaras Muay Thai Mayhem 3 Edmonton, Canada KO (Left Hook) 2
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes
Amateur record
42 Wins (15 (T)KO's), 5 Losses, 0 draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2012-10-19 Win   Omar Estevez FATE 4 Man Tournament Final Title Bout Calgary, Canada Decision (Unanimous) 5 2:00
2012-10-19 Win   Wayne Fisher FATE 4 Man Tournament Semi Final Bout Calgary, Canada Decision (Unanimous) 3 2:00
2012-09-13 Win   Dmitry Varats IFMA World Championship 2012, -63.5 kg Bronze Medal fight Saint Petersburg, Russia Decision 3 3:00
Wins IFMA World Championships 2012 -63.5kg Bronze Medal.
2012-09-11 Loss   Igor Liubchenko IFMA World Championships 2012, -63.5 kg Semi Final Saint Petersburg, Russia Decision (Split) 3 3:00
2012-09-10 Win   Awad Jawid IFMA World Championships 2012, -63.5 kg Quarter Final Saint Petersburg, Russia Decision 3 3:00
2012-09-08 Win   Cezary Zugaj IFMA World Championships 2012, -63.5 kg First Round Saint Petersburg, Russia KO 3
2012-03-10 Win   Sebastian Calvo Challenger MuayThai Series Challenger 6 Calgary, Canada Decision (Unanimous) 5 2:00
Wins PAMU Sperlightweight title.
2012-01-28 Win   Parnpetch Petch Taling Ngarm Challenger 3 – JAWBREAKER Calgary, Canada Decision (Split) 5 2:00
2011-12-03 Win   Alex Tribe K-1 last man standing 8-man tournament, final Victoria, British Columbia, Canada TKO 2
2011-12-03 Win   Josh Jauncey K-1 last man standing 8-man tournament, semi-final Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Decision (Majority) 3 2:00
2011-12-03 Win   Josh Wright K-1 last man standing 8-man tournament, quarter-final Victoria, British Columbia, Canada TKO 1
2011-11-25 Win   Feng Jie Vancouver, Canada Decision 3 2:00
2011-09-17 Win   Tanuthong Challenger 2 – EXPLOSION Calgary, Canada Decision 5 2:00
2011-04-23 Win   Ryo Takagi "CHALLENGER 1 -CONCUSSION" Calgary, Canada TKO (Knee) 2
Wins IKF Full MuayThai Rules Light Welterweight World title.
2011-03-12 Loss   Aganes Safaryan IFMA European Cup, -63.5 kg Final Dresden, Germany Decision (Split) 3
Wins IFMA European Cup -63.5kg Silver Medal.
2011-03-12 Win   Steffen Weise IFMA European Cup, -63.5 kg Semi Final Dresden, Germany Decision 3
2011-03-11 Win   Yevgen Trofymov IFMA European Cup, -63.5 kg Quarter Final Dresden, Germany Decision 3
2011-02-04 Win   Karl Pearson Ringmasters Calgary, Canada TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3
2010-12-04 Win   Soufiane Taaouati IFMA World Championship 2010, final Bangkok, Thailand Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Wins 2010 IFMA World Championships B-class -63.5kg Gold Medal.
2010-12-03 Win   Ramil Novruzov IFMA World Championship 2010, semi-final Bangkok, Thailand Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-12-01 Win   Kaplan Abukov IFMA World Championship 2010, quarter-final Bangkok, Thailand Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-11-30 Win   Willie Rewi IFMA World Championship 2010, second round Bangkok, Thailand Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-11-28 Win   Zhang Dezheng IFMA World Championship 2010, first round Bangkok, Thailand Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-07-24 Win   Corey Springer 2010 IKF World Classic, final Orlando, Florida, United States TKO 2 1:58
Wins IKF World Classic MuayThai Rules Welterweight title.
2010-07-24 Win   Joshua Hill 2010 IKF World Classic, semi-final Orlando, Florida, United States TKO 2 1:24
2010-07-23 Win   Trevor Morgan 2010 IKF World Classic, quarter-final Orlando, Florida, United States Decision (Unanimous) 2 2:00
2010-07-23 Win   Lance Garza 2010 IKF World Classic, preliminary round Orlando, Florida, United States TKO 1 1:03
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also edit

References edit

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