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Fortis MMA’s Kennedy Nzechukwu earns 1st UFC win, decisions Darko Stošić at ‘UFC on ESPN 5’ in Newark, New Jersey

Darko Stošić, Kennedy Nzechukwu

Darko Stošić, Kennedy Nzechukwu

Fighting out of Dallas, Texas, United States, Kennedy “African Savage” Nzechukwu, 27, was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 5.” It was the Nigerian-American mixed martial artist’s first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Born in Imo State, Nigeria on June 13, 1992, Nzechukwu moved to the U.S. with his family in 2010. He made his professional MMA debut in 2016 and he is currently training out of Fortis MMA in Dallas under the tutelage of Sayif Saud.

Featuring 12 MMA bouts, “UFC on ESPN 5” took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, United States on August 3, 2019. In the seventh bout of the evening, Nzechukwu competed in the light heavyweight division against Darko Stošić, 27, of Belgrade, Serbia with Gary Copeland as the referee.

Due to multiple groin strikes, Stošić lost two points in the second and third rounds. In the same rounds, Nzechukwu used his long reach to keep his Serbian opponent on the end of his punches.

After three five-minute rounds, the light heavyweight bout was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 29-26, 28-27 and 28-27. In the end, Copeland raised the hand of Nzechukwu, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Suffering three low blows, Nzechukwu stilled pushed through. He did not want to win via his opponent’s disqualification.

“After the third one, it just took a lot out of me but I can’t just give up,” the Fortis MMA fighter said in his post-fight interview. “I kept on going.”

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 5” improved Nzechukwu’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Stošić now has 13 wins and 3 losses.

Nzechukwu competed in “Dana White’s Contender Series” twice. He defeated Anton Berzin, 29, of Pennsylvania, USA via split decision in 2017 and knocked out Dennis “The Beard” Bryant, 33, of Anchorage, Alaska, USA in 2018.

On March 30, 2019, Nzechukwu made his UFC debut at “UFC on ESPN 2.” He was submitted by Paul “Bearjew” Craig, 31, of Coatbridge, Scotland via triangle choke, breaking the undefeated record of the Nigerian-American fighter.

Including the U.S. and Serbia, 11 countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 2.” The others were Afghanistan, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Poland and South Korea.

While Stošić solely represented Serbia, Nzechukwu was one of the 15 representatives of the U.S. Here is a clip featuring the Nigerian-American fighter:

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