Tafon Nchukwi

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Falls after weight miss
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 12, 2023
Nchukwi lost to A.J. Dobson via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 51 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's been a potentially career-altering past 36 hours for Nchukwi. He missed weight by a massive 3.5 pounds on Friday morning and had to forfeit a portion of his fight purse to Dobson in order for the bought to proceed. While he was by no means dominated, it was clear as day Nchukwi didn't do anything near enough to potentially win a decision. The 28-year-old began his UFC run with wins in two of his first three bouts, but it's been all downhill since, with three straight defeats. There would appear to be a better than even chance Nchukwi is handed his walking papers, particularly after the weight miss.
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Misses weight, fight in limbo
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 11, 2023
Nchukwi weighed in 3.5 pounds over the middleweight limit Friday, placing his fight against A.J.Dobson at UFC Vegas 78 in jeopardy, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Nchukwi came into the week looking to turn his fortunes around after suffering KO/TKO losses in each of his last two fights. The fact that he missed the limit so egregiously may increase the odds of a canceled bout, but Dobson will be just as anxious to get back into the cage, as he has yet to pick up a victory in the UFC in two attempts. Nchukwi will likely need to forfeit more than the standard 20 percent of his purse for this fight to go forward.
Set to face Dobson
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 6, 2023
Nchukwi will take on A.J. Dobson in a middleweight contest at a UFC event on Aug. 12 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports Tuesday.
Nchukwi will be in dire need of a victory come Aug. 12. His last two fights have been cancelled, and his last win came in 2021. Since then, he's lost two straight fights, as well as loosing three of his last four contests. He'll look to get on the winning side of things for the first time since he bested Mike Rodriguez via unanimous decision in September of 2021.
Out of Dec. 17 fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 22, 2022
Nchukwi has withdrawn from his Dec. 17 bout against Vitor Petrino due to injury, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
It was not specified as to what kind of injury Nchukwi suffered or when he might be healthy again. It's also unclear if Vitor Petrino will remain on the card or if the UFC will just look to rebook this fight at a later date.
Getting new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 3, 2022
Nchukwi will take on Vitor Petrino at the UFC event on Dec. 17, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
Nchukwi was supposed to fight Jamal Pogues on this card, but the UFC has elected to replace Pogues with another newcomer in Petrino who just earned a UFC contract. Nchukwi is looking to rebound after dropping his last two fights by knockout.
Draws newcomer in December
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 23, 2022
Nchukwi will take on Jamal Pogues in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Dec. 17, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
After beginning his UFC run with two wins in his first three appearances, Nchukwi now has his back against the wall following two consecutive KO/TKO defeats. He'll get a prime opportunity to bounce back against Pogues, a 26-year-old prospect who will get his UFC shot on the merit of two unanimous decisions earned on Dana White's Contender Series. Nchukwi seemingly has the advantage in striking volume (albeit over a small sample size), while Pogues may look to bring more wrestling to the table. Nchukwi will be giving up three inches in height when the cage doors close.