MMA

Nigeria’s Sodiq Yusuff earns 3rd UFC win, knocks out Gabriel Benitez at ‘UFC 241’ in Anaheim, California

Training out of Team Lloyd Irvin in Camp Springs, Maryland, United States, Sodiq “Super” Yusuff, 26, of Lagos, Nigeria was one of the winners at “UFC 241.” It was the Nigerian-American mixed martial artist’s third victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 12 professional MMA bouts, “UFC 241” took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, USA on August 17, 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Yusuff fought Gabriel “Moggly” Benitez, 31, of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in the featherweight division with Herb Dean as the referee.

In the first round, Yusuff marched forward, threw punches and quickly cut Benitez. While the Nigerian-American contender gained, his Mexican opponent managed to get back into the fight and even scored a flash knockdown with a left hand.

But Yusuff landed a counter right hand on the button and dropped Benitez. Dean put a stop to the featherweight contest after 4 minutes and 14 seconds in the first round when the Team Lloyd Irvin representative knocked out his Mexican opponent via punches.

“Everyone saw how I performed tonight,” Yusuff said in his post-fight interview. “They will let the UFC know where I fit into this division. The way I fight is so fan friendly, there’s not much I have to say.”

Winning at “UFC 241” improved the professional MMA record of Yusuff to 10 wins and 1 losses. On the other hand, Benitez now has 21 wins and 7 losses.

Born in Lagos on May 19, 1993, Yusuff has been competing professionally since 2016. He joined the UFC in 2018.

Before “UFC 241,” Yusuff defeated his first two opponents in the UFC namely Suman Mokhtarian and Sheymon Moraes. The Nigerian-American fighter previously competed in Shogun Fights, Victory Fighting Championship, Cage Fury Fighting Championships, Titan Fighting Championship and Brave Combat Federation.

Seven countries were represented at “UFC 241” namely Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea and the U.S. Benitez solely represented Mexico while Yusuff was one the only representative of Nigeria.

Here is Yusuff in his “UFC 241” post-fight interview in the octagon:

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