Hakeem Dawodu
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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.
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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.
Fight with Tukhugov in the works
FeatherweightUFC
July 14, 2020
Dawodu is lined up to face Zubaira Tukhugov in a featherweight matchup at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dawodu has built up a four-fight winning streak with the UFC and will get a step up in competition as a result, as Tukhugov is 4-1-1 with the company. Both men stand at 5-foot-8, but Dawodu will carry a three-inch reach advantage into the cage. Dawodu has far superior numbers in terms of both offensive and defensive striking, but hasn't used any wrestling in his time with the UFC. Tukhugov, on the other hand, averages 2.88 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time, though Dawodu does own a respectable 85 percent takedown defense.
Runs win streak to four
FeatherweightUFC
November 2, 2019
Dawodu defeated Julio Arce via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
While this was a competitive fight, it wasn't as close as the 'split decision term would lead you to believe. Dawodu appeared to take the first two rounds before Arce slowly turned the tide in the third and final frame. Dawodu's biggest asset is his power. He has can legitimately knock out his opposition with one strike and he swings for the bleachers every single time he throws. The concern is that Dawodu is a one-dimensional brawler who pays little attention to striking defense. Arce didn't have the power to take advantage of Dawodu's shortcomings, but it's easy to see how Hakeem could have some issues moving forward. Regardless, Dawodu has now won four in a row and is in line for a big fight his next time out.
To take on Arce
FeatherweightUFC
September 10, 2019
Dawodu is set to square off against Julio Arce at UFC 244, USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Dawodu and Arce both sport 3-1 records in the UFC. He has scored three consecutive victories after losing in a 39-second bout to Danny Henry in his debut. The gifted striker will look to carry that momentum into UFC 244.