Sodiq Yusuff

Sodiq Olamide Yusuff[1] (born May 19, 1993) is a Nigerian–American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the Featherweight division. As of March 14, 2022, he is #11 in the UFC featherweight rankings.[4]

Sodiq Yusuff
BornSodiq Olamide Yusuff[1]
(1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 29)
Lagos, Nigeria[2]
Other namesSuper
NationalityNigerian
American[3]
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight
Reach71 in (180 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofCamp Springs, Maryland, United States
TeamTeam Lloyd Irvin
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Lloyd Irvin[2]
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total14
Wins12
By knockout6
By decision6
Losses2
By knockout1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Yusuff started fighting MMA professionally in 2016. He has fought under numerous organizations and amassed a record of 6-1 before competing in Dana White's Contender Series 14.[5]

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender SeriesEdit

Yusuff appeared on Dana White's Contender Series 14 on July 24, 2018, facing Mike Davis.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision. With this win, Yusuff was awarded a contract by the UFC.[7]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Yusuff made his UFC debut on December 2, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa against Suman Mokhtarian.[8] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[9]

Yusuff's second fight came on March 30, 2019 at Philadelphia, facing Sheymon Moraes, at UFC on ESPN 2.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Yusuff faced Gabriel Benítez on August 17, 2019 at UFC 241.[12] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[13]

Yusuff faced Andre Fili on January 18, 2020 at UFC 246.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

Yusuff was expected to face Edson Barboza on October 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 179.[16] However, Yusuff pulled out of the fight on September 22 for undisclosed reasons.[17]

Yusuff faced Arnold Allen on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2.[18] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Yusuff faced Alex Caceres on March 12, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 203.[20] Utilizing leg kicks throughout the bout, Yusuff won the bout via unanimous decision.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Yusuff became a U.S. citizen during the training camp for his fight at UFC 246 against Andre Fili.[3]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 12 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 1
By decision 6 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–2 Alex Caceres Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev March 12, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–2 Arnold Allen Decision (unanimous) UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland April 10, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Andre Fili Decision (unanimous) UFC 246 January 18, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Gabriel Benítez TKO (punches) UFC 241 August 17, 2019 1 4:14 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 9–1 Sheymon Moraes Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 8–1 Suman Mokhtarian TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa December 2, 2018 1 2:14 Adelaide, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 7–1 Mike Davis Decision (unanimous) Dana White's Contender Series 14 July 24, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Dylan Tuke TKO (punches) Brave 10 March 2, 2018 1 0:46 Amman, Jordan
Loss 5–1 Luis Gomez KO (punches) Titan FC 47 December 15, 2017 1 4:12 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States For the Titan FC Featherweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Vadim Ogar KO (punch) CFFC 66 August 5, 2017 1 0:30 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Return to Featherweight.
Win 4–0 Chuka Willis Decision (unanimous) VFC 56 April 14, 2017 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 3–0 Devin Turner TKO (punches) VFC 54 September 12, 2016 2 2:25 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 2–0 John Ramirez Decision (unanimous) VFC 52 July 16, 2016 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 1–0 Alvin Mercer TKO (punches) Shogun Fights 14 April 16, 2016 2 0:22 Baltimore, Maryland, United States Featherweight debut.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS DATE: March 5th, 2022 LOCATION: T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas" (PDF). boxing.nv.gov. 2021-12-04. Retrieved 2022-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c "Sodiq Yusuff | UFC". UFC.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Simon Head (January 21, 2020). "The keys to Sodiq Yusuff's UFC 246 victory? Oils, prayers and a new U.S. passport". mmajunkie.com.
  4. ^ "UFC Rankings, Division Rankings, P4P rankings, UFC Champions | UFC.com". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  5. ^ Sherdog.com. "Sodiq". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  6. ^ Kontek, Riley. "Contender Series: Season 2, Episode 6 Preview and Predictions". Combat Press. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  7. ^ "Dana White's Contender Series 14 results: Sodiq Yusuff, Jeff Hughes, Jim Crute win UFC deals". MMA Junkie. 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  8. ^ "Report: Sodiq Yusuff Faces Suman Mokhtarian At UFC Fight Night Adelaide | Fightful MMA". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night 142 Results: Sodiq Yusuff vs. Suman Mokhtarian - A controversial stoppage win for the Nigerian". www.sportskeeda.com. 2018-12-02. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  10. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-01-29). "Featherweight talents Sheymon Moraes and Sodiq Yusuff fight at UFC Philadelphia" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  11. ^ "UFC Philadelphia: Strong finish nets Sodiq Yusuff unanimous call over Sheymon Moraes". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  12. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-06-06). "Sodiq Yusuff & Gabriel Benitez cross the stage during UFC 241 in Anaheim" (in Dutch). mmadnanl.com. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  13. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-08-17). "UFC 241 Results: Sodiq Yusuff Flattens Gabriel Benitez in First Round". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  14. ^ "Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff slated for UFC's Jan. 18 event". MMA Junkie. 2019-11-24. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  15. ^ McDonagh, Joe (2020-01-18). "UFC 246 Results: Sodiq Yusuff Takes Unanimous Decision Against Andre Fili". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  16. ^ Raphael Marinho (2020-08-17). "UFC changes plans, and Edson Barboza faces Sodiq Yusuff in October" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  17. ^ Staff (2020-09-22). "Sodiq Yusuff is out of the fight against Edson Barboza". globoesporte.com. Retrieved 2020-09-22. (in Portuguese)
  18. ^ Redactie (2021-02-03). "Sodiq Yusuff meets Arnold Allen on April 10". mma.dna.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  19. ^ Doherty, Dan (2021-04-10). "UFC Vegas 23 Results: Arnold Allen Tops Sodiq Yusuff With Two Knockdowns". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  20. ^ DNA, MMA (2022-01-03). "Alex Caceres treft Sodiq Yusuff tijdens UFC evenement op 12 maart". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2022-01-03.
  21. ^ Anderson, Jay (2022-03-12). "UFC Vegas 50: Leg Kicks Pave Way to Victory for Sodiq Yusuff Against Alex Caceres". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-03-13.
  22. ^ Sherdog.com. "Sodiq". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-18.

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