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Anthony Njokuani

Anthony "The Assassin" Njokuani

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  • Given Name: Anthony Obinnia Njokuani
  • MMA Record: 17-11-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Assassin
  • Current Streak: 4 Losses
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1980.03.01
  • Last Fight: June 26, 2015 in LFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Saekson Janjira Muay Thai
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 77.5" (197cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $246,000 USD
  • Born: Enugu, Nigeria
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Njokuani was born 1 March, 1980 is Lagos, Nigeria. His family immigrated to the US in 1983, finding residence in Garland, Texas. Njokuani began training in Martial Arts at age 17 and MMA at age 21. He has a younger brother who is also a professional MMA fighter - Chidi Njokuani
Njokuani has fought in the WEC earning a "Knockout of the Night" honours 3 times consecutively. He is currently fighting for the UFC in the Lightweight division.

Njokuani made his WEC debut at WEC 38, losing to future WEC Lightweight Champion and future UFC Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson via second round submission.


In October 2010, the WEC merged with the UFC. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.


In his UFC debut, Njokuani faced touted prospect Edson Barboza on 19 March, 2011 at UFC 128.He lost the fight via unanimous decision, but the bout won the Fight of the Night bonus.


Njokuani fought Andre Winner on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132, winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, called it Njokuani's best performance of his career. With this performance, Njokuani became the sixth fighter to land over 100 significant strikes in a single bout.


Njokuani was expected to face Paul Taylor on 5 November 5, 2011 at UFC 138. However, just days before the event, Taylor pulled out of the bout citing an injury. With no time to find a suitable replacement the bout was scrapped.


Njokuani was expected to face Ramsey Nijem on 30 December, 2011 at UFC 141. However, Nijem was forced out the bout with an injury and replaced by Danny Castillo. He lost the fight via split decision.


Njokuani defeated John Makdessi on 21 April, 2012 at UFC 145, via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).


Njokuani faced debuting Strikeforce fighter Roger Bowling on 20 April, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. He won the fight via KO in the second round.


A bout with Paul Taylor was scheduled for the third time and was expected to take place on 26 October, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. However, Taylor was forced to pull out of the bout once again with another injury and later retired. Taylor was replaced this time by Al Laquinta. On 24 September, Njokuani also pulled out of the event with an injury and was replaced by Piotr Hallmann.


Njokuani is expected to face Vinc Pichel on 24 May, 2014 at UFC 174.

Last updated 05.16.2014, 7:48 PM ET
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Anthony Njokuani MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Josh Quayhagen
17-10-0 7-3-0

Legacy FC 42: Njokuani vs. Quayhagen
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.06.26
Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Myron Gaudet
Cancelled Bout Jonny Carson Legacy FC 41 2015.04.03
Loss | Submission | Armlock
1:28 Round 3 of 3, 11:28 Total

Dave Burrow
17-9-0 12-5-0

Legacy FC 38: Njokuani vs. Burrow
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.02.13
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Don Turnage
#30 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
Cancelled Bout Thomas Gifford Legacy FC 38 2015.02.13
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Daron Cruickshank
17-8-0 15-5-0

UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.10.04
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Vinc Pichel
17-7-0 8-1-0

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.05.24
Odds: -265 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mark Smith
Cancelled Bout Paul Taylor UFC UFN 30 2013.10.26
Reason: Taylor Injury
Cancelled Bout Al Iaquinta UFC UFN 30 2013.10.26
Reason: Njokuani Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:52 Round 2 of 3, 7:52 Total

Roger Bowling
16-7-0 11-3-0

UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.04.20
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $36,000 ($18K Base, $18K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#38 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rafael dos Anjos
16-6-0 16-6-0

UFC on FUEL TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.07.11
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Marcos Rosales
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

John Makdessi
15-6-0 9-1-0

UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.04.21
Odds: -235 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Danny Castillo
15-5-0 12-4-0

UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.12.30
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $12,000 Base | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Cancelled Bout Ramsey Nijem UFC 141 2011.12.30
Reason: Nijem Injury
Cancelled Bout Paul Taylor UFC 138 2011.11.05
Reason: Taylor Car Accident
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Andre Winner
14-5-0 12-5-1

UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.07.02
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Edson Barboza
14-4-0 7-0-0

UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: +225 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#22 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 128 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:54 Round 2 of 3, 9:54 Total

Edward Faaloloto
13-4-0 2-0-0

WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.11.11
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3

Maciej Jewtuszko
13-3-0 7-0-0

WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.08.18
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $7,000 Base | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#39 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
WEC 50 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:07 Round 1 of 3

Shane Roller
13-2-0 7-2-0

WEC 48: Aldo vs Faber
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.04.24
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $7,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:33 Round 1 of 3

Chris Horodecki
12-2-0 14-1-0

WEC 45: Cerrone vs Ratcliff
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: -202 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus, $10K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
WEC 45 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:42 Round 2 of 3, 6:42 Total

Muhsin Corbbrey
11-2-0 9-4-0

WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.10.10
Odds: -275 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Rafael Ramos
WEC 43 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:27 Round 2 of 3, 5:27 Total

Bart Palaszewski
10-2-0 31-12-0

WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.04.05
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Scott Fisher
WEC 40 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:42 Round 2 of 3, 5:42 Total

Benson Henderson
10-1-0 7-1-0

WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.01.25
Odds: -256 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $2,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Knees

Aaron Williams

Texas Regional

2008.09.19
Win | KO/TKO | Knee

Keyon Mike Jackson

Texas Regional

2007.09.01
Loss | Submission | Choke

Donald Cerrone

Ring of Fire

2007.04.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Kenneth Rosfort-Nees

Texas Regional

2007.03.09
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jason Palacios

Texas Regional

2006.11.10
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Steven Bratland

Texas Regional

2006.06.24
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Ira Boyd

Texas Regional

2006.04.29
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Devon Miller

Texas Regional

2006.02.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Ben Dauck

Texas Regional

2005.07.22
No Contest

James Martinez

California Regional

2004.09.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Lee King

Renegades Extreme Fighting

2003.11.15
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Lee King

Renegades Extreme Fighting

2003.05.03

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