Kennedy Nzechukwu

Kennedy Nzechukwu (born June 13, 1992) is a Nigerian mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Kennedy Nzechukwu
Born (1992-06-13) June 13, 1992 (age 29)
Imo State, Nigeria
Other namesAfrican Savage
NationalityNigerian
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight (2017–present)
Heavyweight (2015–2016)
Reach83.0 in (211 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofDallas, Texas, United States
TeamFortis MMA (2015–present)[2]
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total11
Wins9
By knockout6
By decision3
Losses2
By knockout1
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Nzechukwu moved from Nigeria to the United States with his family in 2010.[3] He started training mixed martial arts when his mother brought him to Fortis MMA in 2015 to learn some discipline.[3] He attended college, but dropped out in order to pursue a career in mixed martial arts [2] after his mother was diagnosed with ALS.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early 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.[5]

He then returned to the regional circuit and notched two knockout victories in XKO and Legacy Fighting Alliance.[6]

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.[7]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Nzechukwu made his UFC debut against Paul Craig on 30 March 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[8] He lost the fight via triangle choke in the third round.[9]

Nzechukwu faced Darko Stošić on August 3, 2019 at UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Nzechukwu faced Carlos Ulberg on March 6, 2021 at UFC 259.[12] 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.[13] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. [14]

Nzechukwu faced Danilo Marques, replacing Ed Herman on June 26, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 190.[15] After largely being controlled for most of the bout, he rallied and won the fight via TKO in the third round.[16] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[17]

Nzechukwu was scheduled to face Da Un Jung on October 16, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 195.[18] However, the bout was postponed to UFC Fight Night 197 on November 13, 2021 for unknown reasons.[19] Nzechukwu lost the bout after getting knocked out via elbows.[20]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 9 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 0 1
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stats | UFC". ufcstats.com. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  2. ^ a b Blaine Henry (March 24, 2019). "UFC Philadelphia: Kennedy Nzechukwu on Aspirations, Kamaru Usman, and More". cagesidepress.com.
  3. ^ a b E. Spencer Kyte (March 25, 2019). "Nzechukwu Hopes To Bring A Victory Home To Mom". Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  4. ^ Henry, Blaine (24 March 2019). "UFC Philadelphia: Kennedy Nzechukwu on Aspirations, Kamaru Usman, and More". Cageside Press. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  5. ^ Danny Segura (2017-08-22). "Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series 7 results: Joby Sanchez, Benito Lopez earn UFC contracts". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  6. ^ Rob Tatum (May 25, 2018). "LFA 40 Results: Aguilar Crushes Le, Unifies Featherweight Belt". combatpress.com.
  7. ^ Dave Doyle (2018-08-07). "DWTNCS results: Greg Hardy scores 17-second knockout of Taboris Gordon". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  8. ^ Amy MacBeath (2019-01-23). "UPaul Craig: UFC Scot to fight Kennedy Nzechukwu in Philadelphia". bbc.com. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  9. ^ "UFC Philadelphia: Paul Craig subs Kennedy Nzechukwu despite repeated eyepokes". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  10. ^ Fortune, Ryan (2019-08-02). "UFC on ESPN 5 Main Card Preview". MMASucka.com (in American English). Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  11. ^ Fern, Julio; Navas, o (2019-08-03). "Kennedy Nzechukwu supera a Darko Stošić en UFC Newark". MMA.uno , #1 En noticias de Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) en Español. (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  12. ^ Redactie (2021-01-28). "Carlos Ulberg makes UFC debut against Kennedy Nzechukwu at UFC 259". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2021-01-28. (in Dutch)
  13. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2021-03-06). "UFC 259 Results: Carlos Ulberg Gets Rude Welcome from Kennedy Nzechukwu". Cageside Press (in American English). Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  14. ^ a b Lee, Alexander K. (7 March 2021). "UFC 259 bonuses: Kennedy Nzechukwu and Carlos Ulberg earn Fight of the Night for back-and-forth scrap". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  15. ^ Nolan King (2021-06-14). "Kennedy Nzechukwu replaces Ed Herman, meets Danilo Marques at UFC Fight Night 190". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  16. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-06-26). "UFC Vegas 30 Results: Kennedy Nzechukwu Mounts Third-Round Comeback, Stops Danilo Marques". Cageside Press (in American English). Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  17. ^ a b Marrocco, Steven (2021-06-26). "UFC Vegas 30 bonuses: Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valiev wins 'Fight of the Night'". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  18. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-08-31). "Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Da Un Jung toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 16 oktober". MMA DNA (in American English). Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  19. ^ Staff (2021-10-07). "Fight pushed back". rotowire.com. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  20. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-11-13). "UFC Vegas 42: Da Un Jung Batters Kennedy Nzechukwu with Elbows". Cageside Press (in American English). Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  21. ^ Sherdog.com. "Kennedy". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-03-07.

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