Kennedy Nzechukwu

African Savage

USA

Drops controversial split decision
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 5, 2022
Nzechukwu lost to Nicolae Negumereanu via split decision (27-29, 29-27, 27-29) at UFC 272 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was a strange fight, with the awkward scorecards being the result of Nzechukwu being (correctly) docked a point by referee Mark Smith in Round 3 for repeated eye pokes. Although Kennedy appeared hesitant to engage on the feet throughout the course of the bout despite being the much bigger man and far more accomplished striker, he likely deserved a better fate. There's a real case to be made that he won all three rounds and thus deserved a 29-27 scorecard, or, at a minimum, a 28-28 draw. Just a dozen fights into his professional career, Nzechukwu is still learning how to use his massive frame to his advantage. That said, he has now lost back-to-back bouts and will need to emerge victorious his next time out in order to secure his roster spot.
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Stepping in at UFC 272
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 3, 2022
Nzechukwu will take on Nicolae Negumereanu at UFC 272 on March 5, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland reports.
ANALYSIS
Nzechukwu will be stepping in for Ihor Potieria who had to withdraw due to an undisclosed reason. Nzechukwu was knocked out the last time he was in the Octagon in November against Da Un Jung.
Suffers first KO defeat
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 13, 2021
Nzechukwu lost to Da Un Jung via KO (elbows) at 3:04 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Nzechukwu entered having won three of his first four UFC bouts, but he didn't have it in this one. In what was a back-and-forth standing affair between a pair of hard hitters, it was Nzechukwu who broke first. Jung eventually unleashed a barrage of standing elbows which Nzechukwu simply could not handle. It was the first knockout defeat of his professional career, so it's not as if Nzechukwu entered with a reputation of a fighter with a fragile chin. The light heavyweight division lacks depth, but Nzechukwu -- who joined the UFC in March 2019 following a win on Dana White's Contender Series -- need to rebound his next time out.
Fight pushed back
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 7, 2021
Nzechukwu's upcoming bout against Da Un Jung has been postponed to Nov. 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what forced this fight to get rescheduled but Nzechukwu will now have just over a month to continue preparing for his opponent. Both fighters are coming in with momentum. Nzechukwu has won three straight bouts while Un Jung is 3-0-1 in his first four UFC fights.
Will fight Oct. 16
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 30, 2021
Nzechukwu will face Da Un Jung on October 16th, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Nwachukwu is riding a three-fight win streak after coming from behind to defeat Danilo Marques via TKO in Round 3 of UFC Vegas 30. He will look to hand Da Un Jung his first UFC loss when they face in October.
Unloads for Round 3 TKO
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 27, 2021
Nzechukwu defeated Danilo Marques via TKO (punches) at 0:20 of Round 3 at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Nzechukwu had an incredibly difficult time with the wrestling of Marques early in the fight. He didn't land a single strike in the first round, conceding 4:55 worth of control time to Marques. He at least got some offense off in a much closer Round 2, but was still taken down and conceded 2:47 worth of control time. Knowing he was likely behind on the scorecards -- especially after what looked like a 10-8 Round 1 -- Nzechukwu came out guns blazing in the final frame. He connected with combinations that backed Marques up against the fence and put him in survival mode. All 15 of his strikes were deemed significant before referee Jason Herzog had finally seen enough. The come-from-behind victory pushes Nzechukwu's winning streak to three and earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.