Chidi Njokuani
Chidi Bang Bang

USA

Overwhelms opposition, earns contract
WelterweightUFC
September 8, 2021
Njokuani defeated Mario Sousa via TKO (punches) at 1:35 of Round 3 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of five fighters to be awarded an official UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
It's not often you see a fighter with the experience level of the 30-year-old Njokuani competing on Contender Series. A veteran of nearly 30 pro fights, eight of which were under the banner of Bellator MMA, Njokuani's opponents sport a combined record of 175-68-2 (per the telecast). While he entered this bout as a very slight underdog, what ensued was utter domination. Unofficially, he quadrupled the number of significant strikes as his opponent, going especially heavy to the body and utilizing kicks and knees well. The control time was also significantly in his favor, even though he isn't necessarily known for his wrestling or grappling. The biggest adversity Njokuani faced was a pair of illegal groin strikes in the first round, in close capacity of each other. The veteran took his time to collect himself and did not see his rhythm disrupted. He continued racking up strikes via ground-and-pound in Round 2 before an early knee in Round 3 again earned him top position. Njokuani continued to rain down elbows that forced referee Herb Dean to step in. This is no ordinary prospect. Njokuani could legitimately rack up a few wins with the UFC.
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Still has trouble on the ground
WelterweightUFC
November 30, 2018
Njokuani lost to John Salter via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:32 of Round 1 at Bellator 210 on Friday in Thackerville, Okla.
ANALYSIS
Even after a long MMA career, Njokuani is still at his best in striking battles. Unfortunately for him, he faced off against a solid grappler in this fight. Salter scored a takedown early in the fight. Njokuani tried to defend, but he ended up giving up a his back and the rear-naked choke. In some ways, Njokuani has overachieved in Bellator, and that might continue. However, this loss is certainly a setback.
Picks up a win over Hisaki Kato in his Bellator middleweight debut
WelterweightUFC
December 1, 2017
Njokuani defeated Hisaki Kato via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 189 on Friday in Thackerville, Okla.
ANALYSIS
This was an unexpectedly impressive performance from Njokuani. He moved up to middleweight for this fight, and Kato had been on a run. Despite coming up from a smaller division, Njokuani seemed to have a reach advantage in this fight. He knew how to use it. He stayed on the outside and landed kicks from a range that prevented Kato from scoring. Since joining Bellator in 2015, Njokuani has won five of his six bouts. His only loss during the stretch came against former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov. The Bellator middleweight division is extremely shallow after champion Rafael Carvalho and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi. This win may have put Njokuani in line for a title shot.
Fails to break through against former champ at Bellator 182
WelterweightUFC
August 25, 2017
Njokuani lost to Andrey Koreshkov via TKO (strikes) at 4:08 of Round 1 at Bellator 182 on Friday in Verona, N.Y.
ANALYSIS
Njokuani has already accomplished more than many pundits thought possible. However, a win over the former Bellator welterweight champion was a bridge too far. He had some success early with leg kicks, but Koreshkov had too much experience on the ground and did too much damage from the top position. The loss stopped an eight-fight winning streak that dated back to 2013. Njokuani will be back in action, and he still could be only a win or two away from a shot at the promotion's welterweight title.
Dominates Melvin Guillard in Bellator 171 main event
WelterweightUFC
January 27, 2017
Njokuani defeated Melvin Guillard via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-26) at Bellator 171 in Mulvane, Kan. on Friday
ANALYSIS
There was a huge size difference in this fight. Njokuani was the taller and longer fighter. Guillard really could not land anything in the striking portion, so he mostly worked for takedowns. Unfortunately, his lack of size also hurt him there. Njokuani did a lot of good work from the top. Towards the end of round two, he landed a nice liver kick that hurt Guillard, but the round ended. In the third round, Njokuani continued to pour it on from the top. He has now won four fights in a row in Bellator, but this fight will do lite to inspire fans.
Stuns Andre Fialho with 21-second TKO
WelterweightUFC
December 4, 2016
Njokuani defeated Andre Fialho via TKO (punches) at 0:21 of round 1 at Bellator 167 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Fialho came into the bout having finished all seven of his previous MMA fights (six by KO/TKO), but the shoe was on the other foot Saturday, as Njokuani dropped his opponent with a jab on the chin before finishing him with some clean ground-and-pound. The 27-year-old has now won six fights in a row, improving to 3-0 since joining Bellator in November of 2015.