Anthony Njokuani

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Anthony Njokuani
Born Anthony Obinnia Njokuani
(1980-03-01) March 1, 1980 (age 34)
Enugu, Nigeria
Other names The Assassin
The Nigerian Nightmare
Nationality American
Nigerian
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 70.1 kg (155 lb; 11.04 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 75.5 in (192 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Team Janjira Muay Thai
One Kick's Gym
Sergio Penha BJJ
Trainer Saeksan Janjira
Nick "One Kick" Blomgren
Sergio Penha
Years active 2001–present
Kickboxing record
Total 22
Wins 22
Losses 0
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 16
By knockout 9
By decision 7
Losses 9
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 5
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relatives Chidi Njokuani (brother)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: April 20, 2013

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.

Background[edit]

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.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career (2001–2008)[edit]

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[2][3] and winning the Kansas state Muay Thai title.[4] 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)[edit]

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.[5]

Njokuani fought IFL veteran Chris Horodecki, who made his WEC debut on December 19, 2009 at WEC 45.[6] Njokuani won via first-round TKO, earning the Knockout of the Night award for the third consecutive time in the WEC.[7]

Njokuani faced Shane Roller at WEC 48 on April 24, 2010.[8] He lost the fight via first round rear-naked choke submission.[9]

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.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2011–2014)[edit]

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.[11]

In his UFC debut, Njokuani faced touted prospect Edson Barboza on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[12] 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).[13] 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.[citation needed]

Njokuani was expected to face Paul Taylor on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138.[14] 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.[15]

Njokuani was expected to face Ramsey Nijem on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[16] However, Nijem was forced out the bout with an injury and replaced by Danny Castillo.[17] He lost the fight via split decision.

Njokuani defeated John Makdessi on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145[18] 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.[19] However, Taylor was forced out of the bout with yet another injury and replaced by Rafael dos Anjos.[20] 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.[21]

Njokuani faced debuting Strikeforce fighter Roger Bowling on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] On September 24, Njokuani also pulled out of the event with an injury.[25] and was replaced by Piotr Hallmann.[26]

After over a year away from the cage, Njokuani returned to face Vinc Pichel on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Njokuani faced Daron Cruickshank on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.[28] He lost the fight by unanimous decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion.[29]

Legacy Fighting Championship (2014–present)[edit]

Just two days after his UFC release was announced, it was announced that Njokuani had signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy FC. He is expected to face Thomas Gifford at Legacy FC 38 on February 13, 2015.[30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • Kansas State Kickboxing
    • Kansas State Muay Thai Champion

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • Art of War
    • Art of War Lightweight Championship

Upcoming MMA fight[edit]

Weight class Opponent Opponent's Record Event Date Notes
Lightweight Anthony Njokuani vs. Thomas Gifford 8–6 (1) Legacy FC 38 February 13, 2015


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 [31]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony Njokuani transformed by culture shock, bullies, father's passing". mmajunkie.com. 2009-12-12. r
  2. ^ WEC 40 FIGHT CARD CONFIRMED FOR CHICAGO
  3. ^ UFC 128: Njokuani Expects “Awesome Battle for the Fans”
  4. ^ Official UFC profile
  5. ^ "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". MMAFrenzy.com. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Chris Horodecki signs with WEC, likely to meet Anthony Njokuani at WEC 45". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  7. ^ "Njokuani "comfortable" at WEC 45 while nabbing third-straight "Knockout of the Night"". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber - Live Results and Commentary". BLOODYELBOW.com. 2010-04-24. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Njokuani vs. Faaloloto slated for WEC 52 prelims". mmajunkie.com. 2010-10-07. 
  11. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani targeted for UFC 128 in March". mmajunkie.com. December 28, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Andre Winner vs. Anthony Njokuani in the Works for UFC 132 in July". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-04-14. 
  14. ^ Morgan, John (July 20, 2011). "Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor targeted for UFC 138 in England". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ Stupp, Dann (November 1, 2011). "UFC 138 loses Taylor-Njokuani; Diabate-Perosh promoted to main card". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ Martin, Damon (November 12, 2011). "Anthony Njokuani vs. Ramsey Nijem Agreed for UFC 141". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Ramsey Nijem out, Danny Castillo in against Anthony Njoukani at UFC 141". MMAjunkie.com. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  18. ^ "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor added to UFC on FUEL TV 4". mmajunkie.com. April 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ Martin, Damon (May 22, 2012). "Paul Taylor Out of UFC on Fuel 4". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Anthony Njokuani's very, very broken hand". mixedmartialarts.com. July 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ "UFC on FOX 7 adds Njokuani-Bowling". mmajunkie.com. February 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Paul Taylor returns, meets Anthony Njokuani at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester". mmajunkie.com. August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Al Iaquinta replaces Paul Taylor, faces Anthony Njokuani at UFC Fight Night 30". mmajunkie.com. 19 September 2013. 
  25. ^ Staff. "Injury knocks Anthony Njokuani out of UFC Fight Night 30 bout with Al Iaquinta". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  26. ^ Staff. "Piotr Hallman replaces Njokuani, meets Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 30". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  27. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-03-18). "Anthony Njokuani meets Vinc Pichel at UFC 173 in May in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  28. ^ Staff (2014-09-04). "Daron Cruickshank meets Anthony Njokuani at UFC Fight Night 54 in Halifax". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  29. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2014-12-03). "Anthony Njokuani signs with Legacy FC following UFC release". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  30. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-12-03). "After UFC release, Anthony Njokuani booked for Legacy FC 38". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  31. ^ http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=stats.fightCard&eid=a53c4c6a-c4fe-44aa-99ef-67ba1132e7cf

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