|Born||Anthony Obinnia Njokuani
March 1, 1980
|Other names||The Assassin
The Nigerian Nightmare
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||70.1 kg (155 lb; 11.04 st)|
|Reach||75.5 in (192 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Team||Janjira Muay Thai
One Kick's Gym
Sergio Penha BJJ
Nick "One Kick" Blomgren
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Chidi Njokuani (brother)|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Anthony Obinnia Njokuani (born March 1, 1980) is an American-Nigerian mixed martial artist, who formerly competed in the UFC's Lightweight division. Beginning his professional career in 2001, Njokuani compiled an undefeated 22–0 record as a kickboxer before embarking on a career in MMA and coming to prominence during a stint in World Extreme Cagefighting where he earned "Knockout of the Night" honors three times consecutively. He joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship following the WEC's merger into that promotion.
- 1 Background
- 2 Career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born in Enugu, Nigeria on March 1, 1980, Anthony Njokuani and his family immigrated to the United States in 1983, settling in Garland, Texas. He began his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 17 before later moving on to Muay Thai and then mixed martial arts at the age of 21. His younger brother, Chidi, is also a professional fighter.
Early career (2001–2008)
Anthony Njokuani began his professional career in 2001, initially fighting as a kickboxer. He enjoyed some success in the sport by compiling a 22–0 record and winning the Kansas state Muay Thai title. He turned his hand to mixed martial arts in 2003 and became champion of the Texas-based Art of War promotion in 2007 before making a brief return to kickboxing to compete for the Oklahoma Destroyers in the -74.3 kg/164 lb division in the team-based World Combat League promotion during the 2007-08 season.
Having compiled a 9–1 (1) MMA record by 2008, Njokuani signed with World Extreme Cagefighting.
World Extreme Cagefighting (2009–2010)
Njokuani fought IFL veteran Chris Horodecki, who made his WEC debut on December 19, 2009 at WEC 45. Njokuani won via first-round TKO, earning the Knockout of the Night award for the third consecutive time in the WEC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2011–2014)
Njokuani fought Andre Winner on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132, winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26). 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. 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.
Njokuani was expected to face Ramsey Nijem on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. However, Nijem was forced out the bout with an injury and replaced by Danny Castillo. He lost the fight via split decision.
Njokuani was expected to face Paul Taylor on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. However, Taylor was forced out of the bout with yet another injury and replaced by Rafael dos Anjos. 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.
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. 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. On September 24, Njokuani also pulled out of the event with an injury. and was replaced by Piotr Hallmann.
Legacy Fighting Championship (2014–present)
Just two days after his UFC release was announced, it was announced that Njokuani had signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy FC. He made his debut against David Burrow at Legacy FC 38 on February 13, 2015. Despite dominating the first two rounds via his stand up, Njokuani lost the fight via submission in the third round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Kansas State Kickboxing
- Kansas State Muay Thai Champion
Mixed Martial Arts
- Art of War
- Art of War Lightweight Championship
- World Extreme Cagefighting
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||16 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||16–10 (1)||David Burrow||Submission (armbar)||Legacy FC 38||February 13, 2015||3||1:28||Allen, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16–9 (1)||Daron Cruickshank||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine||October 4, 2014||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||16–8 (1)||Vinc Pichel||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–7 (1)||Roger Bowling||KO (punch)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||2||2:52||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||15–7 (1)||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman||July 11, 2012||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||15–6 (1)||John Makdessi||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||158 lbs Catchweight bout; Makdessi missed weight.|
|Loss||14–6 (1)||Danny Castillo||Decision (split)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–5 (1)||Andre Winner||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–5 (1)||Edson Barboza||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–4 (1)||Edward Faaloloto||TKO (elbow)||WEC 52||November 11, 2010||2||4:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–4 (1)||Maciej Jewtuszko||TKO (punches)||WEC 50||August 18, 2010||1||1:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–3 (1)||Shane Roller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||1||3:21||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||12–2 (1)||Chris Horodecki||TKO (head kick & punches)||WEC 45||December 19, 2009||1||3:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Muhsin Corbbrey||TKO (punches)||WEC 43||October 10, 2009||2||1:42||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||10–2 (1)||Bart Palaszewski||TKO (punches)||WEC 40||April 5, 2009||2||0:27||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||9–2 (1)||Benson Henderson||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 38||January 25, 2009||2||0:42||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||9–1 (1)||Aaron Williams||TKO (knees)||SWC 1: Inception||September 19, 2008||1||2:28||Garland, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–1 (1)||Keyon Mike Jackson||KO (knee)||Art of War 3||September 1, 2007||1||2:14||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||7–1 (1)||Donald Cerrone||Submission (triangle choke)||ROF 29: Aftershock||April 28, 2007||1||4:30||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||7–0 (1)||Kenneth Rosfort-Nees||KO (punch)||Art of War 1||March 9, 2007||1||2:12||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–0 (1)||Jason Palacios||Decision (unanimous)||Lonestar Beatdown||November 10, 2006||3||3:00||College Station, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–0 (1)||Steven Bratland||Decision (unanimous)||UTS 6||June 26, 2006||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0 (1)||Ira Boyd||Decision (unanimous)||UTS 5||April 29, 2006||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States |
|Win||3–0 (1)||Devon Miller||KO (punches)||UTS 4||February 25, 2006||2||0:55||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0 (1)||Ben Dauck||Decision (unanimous)||Inferno Promotions: Meltdown||July 22, 2005||3||5:00||Plano, Texas, United States|
|NC||1–0 (1)||James Martinez||No Contest (premature stoppage)||Venom - First Strike||September 18, 2004||1||2:47||Huntington Beach, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Lee King||Decision (unanimous)||REF: Austin Fights||May 3, 2003||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
- "Anthony Njokuani transformed by culture shock, bullies, father's passing". mmajunkie.com. 2009-12-12.r
- WEC 40 FIGHT CARD CONFIRMED FOR CHICAGO
- UFC 128: Njokuani Expects “Awesome Battle for the Fans”
- Official UFC profile
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- "Njokuani vs. Roller, Page vs. Banuelos Complete WEC 48 Main Card". mmafrenzy.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
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- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
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