Nigeria’s Kennedy ‘African Savage’ Nzechukwu Defeats Ion Cutelaba in UFC Fight Night Main Event

Nigeria’s Kennedy ‘African Savage’ Nzechukwu Defeats Ion Cutelaba in UFC Fight Night Main Event

Byron Pillay
November 20, 2022 at 11:07 AM
  • Nigeria's Kennedy Nzechukwu picked up a big win in the main event of UFC Fight Night
  • Derrick Lewis and Sergey Spivak were due to headline UFC Fight Night before Lews had to withdraw
  • Nzechukwu is one of Nigeria's premier MMA athletes like Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya

Nigeria’s Kennedy Nzechukwu has picked up his 11th professional win as a fighter and his first main event win in the UFC.

The African Savage, as he is known, beat Ion Cutelaba in the main event of UFC Fight Night 215.

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Nigeria’s Kennedy ‘African Savage’ Nzechukwu produced a dominant second-round display to be Ion Cutelaba. Image: Chris Unger
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The fight was pushed up to main event status after the bout between Derrick Lewis and Sergey Spivak was scrapped.

The main event was cancelled after The Black Beast pulled out of the fight due to an undisclosed illness, Sherdog reported.

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Nzechukwu's three-round bout with Cutelaba was promoted to the main event, but the Nigerian fighter needed two rounds to get the job done.

Cutelaba enjoyed a better first round and enjoyed control time on the ground. Despite landing some strikes and attempting to lock in a submission, Cutelaba couldn’t finish the fight off.

An impressive round two

Nzechukwu came out all guns blazing in the second half and landed some good shots. With Cutelaba attempting to go for a takedown, the African Savage landed with a rising knee to rock the Moldovan fighter.

Nzechukwu then landed a flurry of punches before the referee called an end to the fight, with the Nigerian fighter winning by TKO, MMA Junkie reported.

Nigeria’s impressive MMA fighters

Nzechukwu is just one of Nigeria’s crop of fighters who have impressed in the UFC. His countrymen, Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya, both held titles in the organisation.

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Nigerian-American professional Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Kamarudeen Usman has disclosed that he would not stage a fight with Israel Adesanya despite his ambitions.

Usman disclosed that their Nigerian heritage will prevent such a fight from ever happening as they continue to dominate their respective categories.

Both fighters are two of the biggest UFC stars in the world, and Usman once hinted that he could go up 35lb and bypass middleweight, where Adesanya currently reigns.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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