|Born||June 13, 1992|
Imo State, Nigeria
|Other names||African Savage|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (2017–present) |
|Reach||83.0 in (211 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Team||Fortis MMA (2015–present)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Nzechukwu moved from Nigeria to the United States with his family in 2010. He started training mixed martial arts when his mother brought him to Fortis MMA in 2015 to learn some discipline. He attended college, but dropped out in order to pursue a career in mixed martial arts  after his mother was diagnosed with ALS.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
After his amateur career, Nzechukwu turned professional, racking two straight victories in the Xtreme Knockout organization. He was then invited to compete in the Dana White's Contender Series. His bout took place on August 22, 2017 at Dana White's Contender Series 7 against Anton Berzin. He won the bout via split decision but did not receive a contract to the UFC.
Dana White's Contender SeriesEdit
Nzechukwu was then invited a second time to Dana White's Contender Series, this time facing Dennis Bryant at Dana White's Contender Series 16 on August 7, 2018. He won the bout via first-round knockout and received a contract to the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Nzechukwu faced Carlos Ulberg on March 6, 2021 at UFC 259. Ulberg started strong, hurting Nzechukwu badly with strikes and kicks, but quickly became exhausted, resulting in Nzechukwu winning the fight via knockout in round two. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. 
Nzechukwu faced Danilo Marques, replacing Ed Herman on June 26, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 190. After largely being controlled for most of the bout, he rallied and won the fight via TKO in the third round. This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Nzechukwu was scheduled to face Da Un Jung on October 16, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 195. However, the bout was postponed to UFC Fight Night 197 on November 13, 2021 for unknown reasons. Nzechukwu lost the bout after getting knocked out via elbows.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||9 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||9–2||Da Un Jung||KO (elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Rodríguez||November 13, 2021||1||3:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Danilo Marques||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov||June 26, 2021||3||0:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||8–1||Carlos Ulberg||KO (punches)||UFC 259||March 6, 2021||2||3:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||7–1||Darko Stošić||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler||August 3, 2019||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Stošić was deducted two points, one in round two and one in round three, both due to repeated groin strikes.|
|Loss||6–1||Paul Craig||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje||March 30, 2019||3||4:20||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||6–0||Dennis Bryant||TKO (head kick and punches)||Dana White's Contender Series 16||August 7, 2018||1||1:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Corey Johnson||TKO (punches)||LFA 40||May 25, 2018||2||1:18||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Andre Kavanaugh||TKO (punches)||XKO 40||March 10, 2018||1||2:40||Dallas, Texas, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||3–0||Anton Berzin||Decision (split)||Dana White's Contender Series 7||August 22, 2017||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2–0||Thai Walwyn||Decision (unanimous)||XKO 34||January 28, 2017||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Matt Foster||TKO (punches)||XKO 33||November 5, 2016||1||2:06||Dallas, Texas, United States||Heavyweight debut.|
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