Hakeem Dawodu

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Hakeem Dawodu
Born (1991-07-02) July 2, 1991 (age 28)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Other namesMean
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofCalgary, Alberta, Canada
TeamChampion's Creed MMA
Mike Miles Kickboxing Team
Years active2014–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout9
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By decision3
By submission1
Amateur Muay Thai record
By knockout15
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Hakeem Dawodu (born July 2, 1991) is a Canadian mixed martial artist, currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship and fights in the Featherweight division.[1] He previously competed for the World Series of Fighting.

Early life[edit]

Dawodu was born in Calgary to a 14-year old mother from Nigeria and a father from Jamaica. When he was six years old, his father was deported, forcing his mother to raise him on her own. He had a troubled childhood; he was first placed in a juvenile detention center at the age of 14. Two years later, his counselor placed him in Muay Thai training as a means of controlling his anger.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

His background is in kickboxing, where he went 42–5 (15 KOs) as an amateur and 12–0 (9 KOs) as a pro.[3][4]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On February 21, 2014, Dawodu made his professional debut at WSOF Canada 1 against Behrang Yousefi.[5] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

On June 7, 2014, Dawodu faced Jake Macdonald at WSOF Canada 2.[6] He won the fighting via knockout in the second round.

On October 11, 2014, Dawodu faced Mike Malott at WSOF 14.[7] He won via technical knockout due to punches and elbows in the first round.

On February 11, 2015, Dawodu faced Tristan Johnson at WSOF 18.[8] He won via technical knockout in the third round.

On June 5, 2015, Dawodu faced Chuka Willis at WSOF 21.[9] He won via technical knockout due to knees and punches in the second round.

On December 18, 2015, Dawodu faced Marat Magomedov at WSOF 26.[10] The fight ended in a majority draw.

On July 30, 2016, Dawodu faced Marat Magomedov at WSOF 32 in a rematch.[11] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.

On March 18, 2017, Dawodu faced UFC vet Steven Siler at WSOF 35.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision, this marked the first time he gained victory by decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On November 11, 2017, it was announced that Dawodu signed a four fight deal with the UFC.[13][14]

Dawodu faced Danny Henry on March 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127.[15] He lost the fight via submission in the fight's opening minute.[16]

Dawodu faced Austin Arnett on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Dawodu faced Kyle Bochniak on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231.[19] Dawodu won the fight via split decision.[20]

Dawodu faced promotional newcomer Yoshinori Horie on July 27, 2019 at UFC 240[21] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[22] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[23]

Dawodu is expected to face Julio Arce on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[24]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 10 wins 1 loss
By knockout 7 0
By submission 0 1
By decision 3 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–1–1 Yoshinori Horie TKO (head kick) UFC 240 July 27, 2019 3 4:09 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Performance of the Night.
Win 9–1–1 Kyle Bochniak Decision (split) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–1–1 Austin Arnett Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 7–1–1 Danny Henry Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov March 17, 2018 1 0:39 London, England
Win 7–0–1 Steven Siler Decision (unanimous) WSOF 35 March 18, 2017 3 5:00 Verona, New York, United States
Win 6–0–1 Marat Magomedov TKO (punches) WSOF 32 July 30, 2016 2 2:03 Everett, Washington, United States
Draw 5–0–1 Marat Magomedov Draw (majority) WSOF 26 December 18, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Chuka Willis TKO (knees and elbows) WSOF 21 June 5, 2015 2 2:55 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 4–0 Tristan Johnson TKO (punch) WSOF 18 February 12, 2015 3 1:59 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 3–0 Mike Malott TKO (punches and elbows) WSOF 14 October 11, 2014 1 4:13 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–0 Jake Macdonald KO (punches) WSOF Canada 2 June 7, 2014 2 0:18 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Behrang Yousefi KO (punch) WSOF Canada 1 February 21, 2014 1 1:07 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Featherweight debut.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Calgarian Hakeem Dawodu signs 4-fight deal with the UFC". cbc.ca. November 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Mean Hakeem's Story Part 1: The Rising Tide Raises All Ships". championscreed.ca. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Kyte, E. Spencer (March 15, 2018). "UFC London: Hakeem Dawodu sees debut as first step to featherweight domination". Sporting News. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Carroll, Peter (March 14, 2018). "Meet Hakeem Dawodu: The kickboxer who brings a history of knockouts into his UFC debut". mmafighting.com. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "WSOF Canada 1: Ford vs. Powell - MMA Junkie News".
  6. ^ "WSOF Canada 2 Results: Tim Hague rises, David Loiseau fall".
  7. ^ "WSOF 14: Shields impressive in debut, Rama claims Heavyweight belt".
  8. ^ "WSOF 18: Marlon Moraes retains title with decision win".
  9. ^ "NBC Sports: Hakeem Dawodu wins by TKO".
  10. ^ "WSOF 26 results: Alexandre Almeida takes title with tight decision over Lance Palmer".
  11. ^ "WSOF 32 results: Marlon Moraes defends bantamweight title, Lance Palmer recaptures featherweight belt".
  12. ^ "WSOF 35 results: Ivanov stops Jordan in first to keep heavyweight belt, Harrison takes Palmer's title".
  13. ^ "Calgarian Hakeem Dawodu signs 4-fight deal with the UFC – CBC.ca".
  14. ^ "Hakeem Dawodu signs with UFC – Calgary Sun".
  15. ^ DNA, MMA. "Canadese sensatie Hakeem Dawodu maakt UFC debuut tegen Danny Henry tijdens UFC Londen". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  16. ^ John Morgan (2018-03-17). "UFC Fight Night 127 results: Danny Henry stuns Hakeem Dawodu, scores 39-second tapout". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  17. ^ Staff (2018-04-27). "UFC on FOX 30 official for Calgary, eight fights added to lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  18. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: Hakeem Dawodu kicks way past Austin Arnett". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  19. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-30). "Canadian Hakeem Dawodu meets Kyle Bochniak at UFC 231 in Toronto" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  20. ^ Cole, Ross (2018-12-08). "Hakeem Dawodu Dominates Kyle Bochniak But Has To Settle For Split Decision At UFC 231". MMA Insight. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  21. ^ DNA, MMA. "Hakeem Dawodu treft nieuwkomer Yoshinori Horie tijdens UFC 240 in Edmonton". Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  22. ^ Fortune, Ryan (2019-07-27). "UFC 240 Results: Hakeem Dawodu Overwhelms Yoshinori Horie For Late Stoppage Win". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  23. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-07-28). "UFC 240 Bonuses! Neal's Vicious TKO Finish Leads $50K Winners". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  24. ^ Jose Youngs (2019-09-10). "Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu set for UFC 244". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  25. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-07-28). "UFC 240 Bonuses! Neal's Vicious TKO Finish Leads $50K Winners". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  26. ^ Sherdog.com. "Hakeem". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-09.

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