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Meet the Nigerian Fighters Who Are Dominating the UFC



The Ultimate Fighting Championship, also known as the UFC, is a mixed martial arts promotion company based in the United States that was founded in 1993.

It is the world’s largest MMA promotion company, with some of the sport’s top fighters on its roster.

The UFC currently has nine different divisions for their competitors, including both men and women.

Many countries have produced a UFC champion, but Nigeria is the only country that has produced so many champions in such a short period of time.

Nigeria currently has four fighters in the UFC, all of whom are performing admirably in their respective weight classes. Two of the fighters are currently champions in two of the divisions.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Nigerians who are currently dominating the UFC.


Kamaru Usman

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Kamaru Usman grew up in Benin City, Edo State, but moved to the United States with his family when he was eight years old.

The 34-year-old currently competes in the UFC’s welterweight division as the reigning UFC Champion.

Kamaru Usman is one of the UFC’s most powerful wrestlers. Although Usman had one loss in his early MMA career, he has never lost since joining the UFC.

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The Nigerian Nightmare is the nickname given to the UFC champion from Auchi, who frequently displays the Nigerian flag during fight nights. He got the nickname after receiving the blessing of former National Football League (NFL) star Christian Okoye, who owns the trademark for “The Nigerian Nightmare.”

Kamaru Usman is currently on a 19 fight win streak.



Israel Adesanya

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Adesanya is the current Middleweight Champion. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, but raised in the inner-city suburbs of Rotorua, New Zealand.

He had a long kickboxing career before moving on to MMA. Adesanya won his first 11 fights as a mixed martial artist by knockout. In early 2018, the UFC took notice of him and signed him.

From there, he went on tear through the organization, winning one after the other. However, because he was great kickboxer, many fans expected him to lose to the first wrestler he faced.

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He quickly made a name for himself, however, thanks to his confident striking and Matrix-like defensive abilities. He’s also a charismatic performer on the mic, and he gained a lot of fans whenever he made a meme on social media or simply breakdanced into the octagon. Nigerian Fighters

Adesanya, 31, is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts. The Last Style-bender, as he is affectionately known, is never shy about proclaiming his Nigerian ancestry. In the Middleweight division, he is currently on a 21-fight winning streak.



Sodiq Yusuff

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Sodiq Yusuff  competes in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Nigerian Fighters

The 28-year-old is one of the UFC’s more recent additions. He quickly rose to prominence after knocking out two of his first three opponents.

So far, he has played 13 matches, winning 11 and losing two. He is ranked 12th in the UFC featherweight rankings as of July 12, 2021.

Time will tell how he performs as the Lagos native faces tougher competition, but he has proven to be a well-rounded fighter thus far.

Yusuff, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, immigrated to the United States with his mother and brother when he was nine years old.

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Kennedy Nzechukwu

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Kennedy Nzechukwu is a Nigerian MMA fighter who competes in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division.

In 2010, Nzechukwu and his family relocated from Nigeria to the United States.

He has fought ten times, winning nine and losing one. Nigerian Fighters

Kennedy Nzechukwu, on the other hand, has demonstrated that he has the potential to be a great player in the future. He has the physique to be a threat in the heavyweight division.

African Savage is the nickname given to the Imo State native. On August 22, 2017, he made his UFC debut.

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