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Anthony Njokuani

Anthony Njokuani
Born (1980-03-01) March 1, 1980 (age 34)
Lagos, Nigeria
Other names The Assassin
Nationality Nigerian
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 75.5 in (192 cm)
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Team Janjira Muay Thai
Years active 2003-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 16
By knockout 9
By decision 7
Losses 7
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 3
No contests 1
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Anthony Obinnia Njokuani (born March 1, 1980) is a Nigerian mixed martial artist who currently fights as a Lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and has also competed in the WEC, earning "Knockout of the Night" honors three times consecutively with the latter organization.

Early life

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, his family immigrated to the United States in 1983, settling in Garland, Texas. He began his martial arts training at the age of 17 and mixed martial arts at 21. Anthony Njokuani has a younger brother named Chidi Njokuani who is also a professional MMA fighter. [1] Njokuani has also competed for the World Combat League, a kickboxing organization promoted by Chuck Norris that only allows strikes above the waist.

Mixed martial arts career

World Extreme Cagefighting

Njokuani made his WEC debut at WEC 38, losing to future WEC Lightweight Champion and future UFC Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson via second round submission.

He later defeated IFL veteran Bart Palaszewski at WEC 40 and Muhsin Corbbrey at WEC 43, both via second round TKO.[2]

Njokuani fought IFL veteran Chris Horodecki, who made his WEC debut on December 19, 2009 at WEC 45.[3] Njokuani won via first-round TKO, earning the Knockout of the Night award for the third consecutive time in the WEC.[4]

Njokuani faced Shane Roller at WEC 48 on April 24, 2010.[5] He lost the fight via first round rear-naked choke submission.[6]

He was defeated by newcomer Maciej Jewtuszko via first round TKO at WEC 50.

Njokuani defeated WEC newcomer Edward Faaloloto via second round TKO on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[8]

In his UFC debut, Njokuani faced touted prospect Edson Barboza on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, but the bout won the Fight of the Night bonus.

Njokuani fought Andre Winner on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132, winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).[10] UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, called it Njokuani's best performance of his career. With this performance, Njokuani became the sixth fighter to land over 100 significant strikes in a single bout.

Njokuani was expected to face Paul Taylor on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138.[11] However, just days before the event, Taylor pulled out of the bout citing an injury. With no time to find a suitable replacement the bout was scrapped.[12]

Njokuani was expected to face Ramsey Nijem on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[13] However, Nijem was forced out the bout with an injury and replaced by Danny Castillo.[14] He lost the fight via split decision.

Njokuani defeated John Makdessi on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145[15] via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Njokuani was expected to face Paul Taylor on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[16] However, Taylor was forced out of the bout with yet another injury and replaced by Rafael dos Anjos.[17] Njokuani lost the fight via unanimous decision, and was sidelined for six months as he recovered from surgery to repair a broken right hand suffered in the bout.[18]

Njokuani faced debuting Strikeforce fighter Roger Bowling on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[19] He won the fight via KO in the second round.

A bout with Paul Taylor was scheduled for the third time and was expected to take place on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[20] However, Taylor was forced to pull out of the bout once again with another injury and later retired. Taylor was replaced this time by Al Iaquinta.[21] On September 24, Njokuani also pulled out of the event with an injury.[22] and was replaced by Piotr Hallmann.[23]

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|16-7 (1) |Roger Bowling |KO (punch) |UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez |02013-04-20April 20, 2013 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 2:52 |San Jose, California, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|15-7 (1) |Rafael dos Anjos |Decision (unanimous) |UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman |02012-07-11July 11, 2012 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |San Jose, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|15-6 (1) |John Makdessi |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 145 |02012-04-21April 21, 2012 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Atlanta, Georgia, United States |158 lbs catchweight bout; Makdessi missed weight |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|14-6 (1) |Danny Castillo |Decision (split) |UFC 141 |02011-12-30December 30, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|14-5 (1) |Andre Winner |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 132 |02011-07-02July 2, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|13-5 (1) |Edson Barboza |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 128 |02011-03-19March 19, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Newark, New Jersey, United States |Fight of the Night |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|13-4 (1) |Edward Faaloloto |TKO (elbow) |WEC 52 |02010-11-11November 11, 2010 |align=center|2 |align=center|4:54 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|12-4 (1) |Maciej Jewtuszko |TKO (punches) |WEC 50 |02010-08-18August 18, 2010 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:36 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|12-3 (1) |Shane Roller |Submission (rear-naked choke) |WEC 48 |02010-04-24April 24, 2010 |align=center|1 |align=center|3:21 |Sacramento, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|12-2 (1) |Chris Horodecki |TKO (head kick and punches) |WEC 45 |02009-12-19December 19, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|3:33 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States |Knockout of the Night |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|11-2 (1) |Muhsin Corbbrey |TKO (punches) |WEC 43 |02009-10-10October 10, 2009 |align=center|2 |align=center|1:42 |San Antonio, Texas, United States |Knockout of the Night |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|10-2 (1) |Bart Palaszewski |TKO (punches) |WEC 40 |02009-04-05April 5, 2009 |align=center|2 |align=center|0:27 |Chicago, Illinois, United States |Knockout of the Night |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|9-2 (1) |Benson Henderson |Submission (guillotine choke) |WEC 38 |02009-01-25January 25, 2009 |align=center|2 |align=center|0:42 |San Diego, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|9-1 (1) |Aaron Williams |TKO (knees) |SWC 1: Inception |02008-09-19September 19, 2008 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:28 |Garland, Texas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|8-1 (1) |Keyon Mike Jackson |KO (knee) |Art of War 3 |02007-09-01September 1, 2007 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:14 |Dallas, Texas, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|7-1 (1) |Donald Cerrone |Submission (triangle choke) |ROF 29: Aftershock |02007-04-28April 28, 2007 |align=center|1 |align=center|4:30 |Broomfield, Colorado, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|7-0 (1) |Kenneth Rosfort-Nees |KO (punch) |Art of War 1 |02007-03-09March 9, 2007 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:12 |Dallas, Texas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|6-0 (1) |Jason Palacios |Decision (unanimous) |Lonestar Beatdown |02006-11-10November 10, 2006 |align=center|3 |align=center|N/A |College Station, Texas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|5-0 (1) |Steven Bratland |Decision (unanimous) |UTS 6 |02006-06-26June 26, 2006 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Frisco, Texas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|4-0 (1) |Ira Boyd |Decision (unanimous) |UTS 5 |02006-04-29April 29, 2006 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Texas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|3-0 (1) |Devon Miller |KO (punches) |UTS 4 |02006-02-25February 25, 2006 |align=center|2 |align=center|0:55 |Texas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2-0 (1) |Ben Dauck |Decision (unanimous) |Inferno Promotions: Meltdown |02005-07-22July 22, 2005 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Plano, Texas, United States | |- |style="background-color: #c5d2ea; text-align:center" |NC |align=center|1-0 (1) |James Martinez |NC (premature stoppage) |Venom - First Strike |02004-09-18September 18, 2004 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:47 |Huntington Beach, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1-0 |Lee King |Decision (unanimous) |REF: Austin Fights |02003-05-03May 3, 2003 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Austin, Texas, United States | |}

References

External links

  • Sherdog
  • Official UFC Profile
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