People

Anthony Njokuani – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican martial artist
Is Athlete 
Martial artist 
Mixed martial artist 
Kickboxer 
From Nigeria 
Type Sports 
Gendermale
Birth 1 March 1980, Lagos
Age:40 years

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.

Background

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.

Career

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

Kickboxing

  • 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

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss16–12 (1)Leonardo MafraDecision (unanimous)FFC 25 – Mitchell vs. Lopez 000000002016-06-11-0000June 11, 201635:00Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Loss16–11 (1)Josh QuayhagenDecision (split)Legacy Fighting Championship 42 000000002015-06-26-0000June 26, 201535:00Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Loss16–10 (1)David BurrowSubmission (armbar)Legacy Fighting Championship 38 000000002015-02-13-0000February 13, 201531:28Allen, Texas, United States
Loss16–9 (1)Daron CruickshankDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine 000000002014-10-04-0000October 4, 201435:00Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Loss16–8 (1)Vinc PichelDecision (unanimous)UFC 173 000000002014-05-24-0000May 24, 201435:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win16–7 (1)Roger BowlingKO (punch)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez 000000002013-04-20-0000April 20, 201322:52San Jose, California, United States
Loss15–7 (1)Rafael dos AnjosDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman 000000002012-07-11-0000July 11, 201235:00San Jose, California, United States
Win15–6 (1)John MakdessiDecision (unanimous)UFC 145 000000002012-04-21-0000April 21, 201235:00Atlanta, Georgia, United States158 lbs Catchweight bout; Makdessi missed weight.
Loss14–6 (1)Danny CastilloDecision (split)UFC 141 000000002011-12-30-0000December 30, 201135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win14–5 (1)Andre WinnerDecision (unanimous)UFC 132 000000002011-07-02-0000July 2, 201135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss13–5 (1)Edson BarbozaDecision (unanimous)UFC 128 000000002011-03-19-0000March 19, 201135:00Newark, New Jersey, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win13–4 (1)Edward FaalolotoTKO (elbow)WEC 52 000000002010-11-11-0000November 11, 201024:54Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss12–4 (1)Maciej JewtuszkoTKO (punches)WEC 50 000000002010-08-18-0000August 18, 201011:36Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss12–3 (1)Shane RollerSubmission (rear-naked choke)WEC 48 000000002010-04-24-0000April 24, 201013:21Sacramento, California, United States
Win12–2 (1)Chris HorodeckiTKO (head kick and punches)WEC 45 000000002009-12-19-0000December 19, 200913:33Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Win11–2 (1)Muhsin CorbbreyTKO (punches)WEC 43 000000002009-10-10-0000October 10, 200921:42San Antonio, Texas, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Win10–2 (1)Bart PalaszewskiTKO (punches)WEC 40 000000002009-04-05-0000April 5, 200920:27Chicago, Illinois, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Loss9–2 (1)Benson HendersonSubmission (guillotine choke)WEC 38 000000002009-01-25-0000January 25, 200920:42San Diego, California, United States
Win9–1 (1)Aaron WilliamsTKO (knees)SWC 1: Inception 000000002008-09-19-0000September 19, 200812:28Garland, Texas, United States
Win8–1 (1)Keyon Mike JacksonKO (knee)Art of War 3 000000002007-09-01-0000September 1, 200712:14Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss7–1 (1)Donald CerroneSubmission (triangle choke)ROF 29: Aftershock 000000002007-04-28-0000April 28, 200714:30Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win7–0 (1)Kenneth Rosfort-NeesKO (punch)Art of War 1 000000002007-03-09-0000March 9, 200712:12Dallas, Texas, United States
Win6–0 (1)Jason PalaciosDecision (unanimous)Lonestar Beatdown 000000002006-11-10-0000November 10, 200633:00College Station, Texas, United States
Win5–0 (1)Steven BratlandDecision (unanimous)UTS 6 000000002006-06-26-0000June 26, 200635:00Frisco, Texas, United States
Win4–0 (1)Ira BoydDecision (unanimous)UTS 5 000000002006-04-29-0000April 29, 200635:00Frisco, Texas, United States
Win3–0 (1)Devon MillerKO (punches)UTS 4 000000002006-02-25-0000February 25, 200620:55Frisco, Texas, United States
Win2–0 (1)Ben DauckDecision (unanimous)Inferno Promotions: Meltdown 000000002005-07-22-0000July 22, 200535:00Plano, Texas, United States
NC1–0 (1)James MartinezNo Contest (premature stoppage)Venom: First Strike 000000002004-09-18-0000September 18, 200412:47Huntington Beach, California, United States
Win1–0Lee KingDecision (unanimous)REF: Austin Fights 000000002003-05-03-0000May 3, 200335:00Austin, Texas, United States