Hakeem “Mean” Dawodu, 28, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada was one of the winners at “UFC 244.” It was his fourth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 12 MMA bouts, the UFC held “UFC 244” at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States on November 2, 2019. In the first bout of the evening, Dawodu competed in the featherweight division against Julio Arce, 30, of Queens, New York.
Todd Anderson served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight bout was left in the hands of the judges.
Two of the judges scored in 29-28 in favor of the winners while the other one saw it 28-29 in favor of the opponent.
In the end, Anderson raised the hand of Dawodu, who was declared the winner via split decision. The Canadian MMA fighter said, “I’m not sure why I didn’t feel on point out there.”
“Maybe he was just better than I thought,” Dawodu said of Arce. “(Or it) could be the big stage. It was my first time in such a big venue so that could have gotten to me. I don’t know.”
Winning at “UFC 244” improved the professional MMA record of Dawodu to 11 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Arce now has 16 wins and 4 losses.
Born on July 2, 1991 in Calgary, Dawodu made his professional MMA debut in 2014. He competed in the World Series of Fighting from 2014 to 2017.
The Calgary native joined the UFC in 2018. The first three opponents he defeated in the promotion were Austin Arnett, Kyle Bochniak and Yoshinori Horie.
Including Canada and the U.S., eight countries were represented at “UFC 244.” The others were Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, England, Finland and Suriname.
Dawodu solely represent Canada. Arce was one of the 15 fighters who represented the U.S.
“UFC 244” was headlined by Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 34, of Miami, Florida, USA and Nate Diaz, 34, of Stockton, California, USA. They competed in the welterweight division and the winner took home the special BMF belt presented by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.