Hakeem Dawodu


Fight with Tukhugov in the works
July 14, 2020
Dawodu is lined up to face Zubaira Tukhugov in a featherweight matchup at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
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.
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Runs win streak to four
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Dawodu defeated Julio Arce via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
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
September 10, 2019
Dawodu is set to square off against Julio Arce at UFC 244, USA Today reports.
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.
Turns on late to stop newcomer
July 27, 2019
Dawodu defeated Yoshinori Horie via TKO (head kick) at 4:09 of Round 3 at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.
Dawodu seemed to be having trouble with the movement of his opponent in Round 1 but adjusted in a big way thereafter, putting his combinations together and timing repetitive attacks. This culminated in a third round that saw Dawodu rain down on his opponent with ferocity until a clean head kick sat him down for the finish. Dawodu was known as a finisher outside of the UFC, but hasn't always started fast enough to gain that momentum in the Octagon. In any event, it is clear that he is a gifted athlete and striker, giving him the potential to put up fun fights as he climbs the ranks. He moves to 10-1-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory, and will take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
To fight Horie at UFC 240
July 4, 2019
Dawodu will face off against Yoshinori Horie at UFC 240 in Edmonton on July 27, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Dawodu is 9-1-1 as a professional and 2-3 since joining the UFC. He secured a victory during his most recent fight, defeating Kyle Bochniak via split decision. Horie is 8-1 as a professional and July 27 will mark his first UFC bout.
Roll continues with win over Kyle Bochniak
December 8, 2018
Dawodu defeated Kyle Bochniak via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto.
Disregard the "split decision" term because it means nothing. Dawodu put forth another strong effort in his home country. He stuck with the game plan and landed 103 total shots compared to just 47 of Bochniak. And while Bochniak scored two takedowns, Dawodu defended 10 other attempts. It was solid all-around performance from a potential rising star at 145 pounds. Bigger things are ahead for the 27-year-old Calgary native.