|Intro||American martial artist|
|Is|| Athlete |
Mixed martial artist
|Birth||1 March 1980, Lagos|
Anthony Obinnia Njokuani (born March 1, 1980) is an American-Nigerian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of Legacy FC. A professional competitor since 2001, Njokuani has also formerly competed for the UFC and the WEC.
Born in Enugu, Nigeria on March 1, 1980, Anthony Njokuani and his family immigrated to the United States in 1983, settling in Garland, Texas. Njokuani 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. Njokuani’s younger brother, Chidi, is also a professional mixed martial artist.
Early career (2001–2008)
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 made his promotional debut on January 25, 2009 at WEC 38, losing to future WEC Lightweight Champion and future UFC Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson via second round submission.
Njokuani was expected to face Anthony Pettis on April 5, 2009 at WEC 40. However, Pettis pulled out of the fight with a hand injury and was replaced by Bart Palaszewski. Njokuani defeated Palaszewski via TKO in the second round.
Njokuani next face Muhsin Corbbrey on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43. Njokuani defeated Corbbrey via second round TKO.
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.
Njokuani faced Shane Roller at WEC 48 on April 24, 2010. He lost the fight via first round rear-naked choke submission.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2011–2014)
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.
In his UFC debut, Njokuani faced touted prospect Edson Barboza on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128. 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). 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 defeated John Makdessi on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145 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. 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.
Njokuani faced debuting Strikeforce fighter Roger Bowling on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. 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. 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.
After over a year away from the cage, Njokuani returned to face Vinc Pichel on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Njokuani faced Daron Cruickshank on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine. He lost the fight by unanimous decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion.
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
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Edson Barboza
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Knockout of the Night (Three times) vs. Bart Palaszewski, Muhsin Corbbrey and Chris Horodecki
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||16 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||16–12 (1)||Leonardo Mafra||Decision (unanimous)||FFC 25 – Mitchell vs. Lopez||000000002016-06-11-0000June 11, 2016||3||5:00||Springfield, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||16–11 (1)||Josh Quayhagen||Decision (split)||Legacy Fighting Championship 42||000000002015-06-26-0000June 26, 2015||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||16–10 (1)||David Burrow||Submission (armbar)||Legacy Fighting Championship 38||000000002015-02-13-0000February 13, 2015||3||1:28||Allen, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16–9 (1)||Daron Cruickshank||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine||000000002014-10-04-0000October 4, 2014||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||16–8 (1)||Vinc Pichel||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 173||000000002014-05-24-0000May 24, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–7 (1)||Roger Bowling||KO (punch)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||000000002013-04-20-0000April 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||000000002012-07-11-0000July 11, 2012||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||15–6 (1)||John Makdessi||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 145||000000002012-04-21-0000April 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||000000002011-12-30-0000December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–5 (1)||Andre Winner||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 132||000000002011-07-02-0000July 2, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–5 (1)||Edson Barboza||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 128||000000002011-03-19-0000March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–4 (1)||Edward Faaloloto||TKO (elbow)||WEC 52||000000002010-11-11-0000November 11, 2010||2||4:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–4 (1)||Maciej Jewtuszko||TKO (punches)||WEC 50||000000002010-08-18-0000August 18, 2010||1||1:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–3 (1)||Shane Roller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 48||000000002010-04-24-0000April 24, 2010||1||3:21||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||12–2 (1)||Chris Horodecki||TKO (head kick and punches)||WEC 45||000000002009-12-19-0000December 19, 2009||1||3:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Muhsin Corbbrey||TKO (punches)||WEC 43||000000002009-10-10-0000October 10, 2009||2||1:42||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||10–2 (1)||Bart Palaszewski||TKO (punches)||WEC 40||000000002009-04-05-0000April 5, 2009||2||0:27||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||9–2 (1)||Benson Henderson||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 38||000000002009-01-25-0000January 25, 2009||2||0:42||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||9–1 (1)||Aaron Williams||TKO (knees)||SWC 1: Inception||000000002008-09-19-0000September 19, 2008||1||2:28||Garland, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–1 (1)||Keyon Mike Jackson||KO (knee)||Art of War 3||000000002007-09-01-0000September 1, 2007||1||2:14||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||7–1 (1)||Donald Cerrone||Submission (triangle choke)||ROF 29: Aftershock||000000002007-04-28-0000April 28, 2007||1||4:30||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||7–0 (1)||Kenneth Rosfort-Nees||KO (punch)||Art of War 1||000000002007-03-09-0000March 9, 2007||1||2:12||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–0 (1)||Jason Palacios||Decision (unanimous)||Lonestar Beatdown||000000002006-11-10-0000November 10, 2006||3||3:00||College Station, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–0 (1)||Steven Bratland||Decision (unanimous)||UTS 6||000000002006-06-26-0000June 26, 2006||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0 (1)||Ira Boyd||Decision (unanimous)||UTS 5||000000002006-04-29-0000April 29, 2006||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0 (1)||Devon Miller||KO (punches)||UTS 4||000000002006-02-25-0000February 25, 2006||2||0:55||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0 (1)||Ben Dauck||Decision (unanimous)||Inferno Promotions: Meltdown||000000002005-07-22-0000July 22, 2005||3||5:00||Plano, Texas, United States|
|NC||1–0 (1)||James Martinez||No Contest (premature stoppage)||Venom: First Strike||000000002004-09-18-0000September 18, 2004||1||2:47||Huntington Beach, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Lee King||Decision (unanimous)||REF: Austin Fights||000000002003-05-03-0000May 3, 2003||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|