Hakeem Dawodu
Mean

Canada

Five-fight winning streak snapped
FeatherweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Dawodu lost to Movsar Evloev via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 27-29) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
It's impossible to win in this sport if you are unable to consistently defend the takedown, and that's the predicament Dawodu found himself in Saturday. He allowed seven successful takedowns on nine tries over the course of the first two rounds. Dawodu did respond with a solid third frame in which he damaged Evloev on the feet, but the damage was already done. Dawodu has legitimate power in his hands and is remarkably durable in the stand-up, but there is a clear hole in his grappling game. This defeat snaps a five-fight winning streak for Dawodu. Three of those previously-mentioned five wins came via split decision.
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Scheduled for June bout
FeatherweightUFC
March 15, 2021
Dawodu (shoulder) will fight Movsar Evloev in a featherweight bout at UFC 263 on June 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Dawodu is recovering from a shoulder injury but will be ready in time for the June bout. The 29-year-old Dawodu has yet to lose a fight at the UFC level, boasting a perfect 5-0 record. Evloev will enter the Octagon undefeated as well at 4-0.
Withdraws from UFC 257
FeatherweightUFC
January 9, 2021
Dawodu withdrew from his upcoming fight against Shane Burgos at UFC 257 due to a shoulder injury, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dawodu was seeking to bring his UFC record to 6-0 during the featherweight matchup in late January, but he'll be forced off the card due to injury. It's not yet clear when the 29-year-old will be able to return. The promotion won't find a new opponent for Burgos but will seek to rebook him sometime in the near future.
Burgos fight in the works
FeatherweightUFC
November 24, 2020
Dawodu is expected to take on Shane Burgos in a featherweight bout at UFC 257, MMA Empire reports.
ANALYSIS
Dawodu will be looking to run his UFC record to 6-0. His last fight was a split decision victory against Zubaira Tukhugov back on Sept. 26. Dawodu has had trouble finishing opponents even though his record with the promotion is blemish free. Burgos will be looking to bounce back from a dropped fight against Josh Emmett back on June 20.
Barely gets by Zubaira Tukhugov
FeatherweightUFC
September 26, 2020
Dawodu defeated Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was a nice night at the office for Dawodu. He walks away with the biggest victory of his career, in addition to a portion of Tukhugov's purse after the latter missed weight by four pounds Friday. Whether or not Dawodu actually deserved the decision remains an open question, but Hakeem was constantly trying to push the pace in a close bout in the final frame while Tukhugov was running away. Like it or not, judges take those kind of things into account. Dawodu is now a perfect 5-0 in the UFC, but a deeper dive into the numbers reveals some concerns. While he does have a knockout in there, four of Hakeem's five wins have come via decision, with three of them coming via split decision. He's been lucky thus far, but Dawodu better start finishing his opposition, because sooner or later going to the scorecards is going to come back to haunt him.
Opponent misses weight
FeatherweightUFC
September 25, 2020
Dawodu's fight Saturday against Zubaira Tukhugov will go forward despite Tukhugov missing weight, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Tukhugov weighed in over 90 minutes before the deadline but still missed weight by four pounds. Dawodu agreed to go forward with the match nonetheless, with Tukhugov being penalized a portion of his purse as a result.