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Hakeem Dawodu biography: 13 things about Jamaican-Nigerian MMA fighter from Canada

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Hakeem “Mean” Dawodu is a professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai fighter. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to a Jamaican father and a Nigerian mother.

As a Muay Thai fighter, Dawodu competed in Canada, Germany, Japan, Russia, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago the United States. He had 42 wins and 5 losses as an amateur from July 2010 to October 2012 and 9 wins and 0 loss as a professional from November 2012 to January 2015.

As an MMA fighter, Dawodu competes in the featherweight division. Here are 13 more facts about the Jamaican-Nigerian-Canadian MMA fighter:

  1. In 1997, his father was deported back to Jamaica.
  2. In 2005, he was placed in a juvenile detention center. In 2007, his counselor put him in a Muay Thai training to help him control his anger.
  3. In 2010, he became the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Classic Muay Thai Rules Welterweight Champion and won gold at the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) World Cup Tournament in the -63.5kg category.
  4. In 2011, he was the IKF Full Muay Thai Rules Light Welterweight World Champion and won silver in the IFMA European Cup A-Class in the -63.5kg category.
  5. In 2012, he was the Pan American Muaythai Union Super Lightweight Champion and won bronze at the IFMA World Cup A-class Tournament in the -63.5kg category.
  6. In 2014, he was the World Muaythai Council (WMC) Intercontinental Welterweight Champion.
  7. He was 23 years old when he made his professional MMA debut at “WSOF Canada 1” on February 21, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he knocked out Behrang Yousefi. From 2014 to 2017, he competed in World Series of Fighting with five fights in Canada and three fights in the U.S.
  8. He joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship as an undefeated MMA fighter and made his promotional debut at “UFC Fight Night 127” in London, England on March 17, 2018. He had his first professional MMA loss. Danny Henry submitted him via guillotine choke.
  9. On July 28, 2018, he had his first UFC win at “UFC on Fox 30” by defeating Austin Arnett via unanimous decision. He defeated Kyle Bochniak via split decision at “UFC 231” on December 8, 2018.
  10. He knocked out Yoshinori Horie via head kick at “UFC 240” on July 27, 2019 and beat Julio Arce via split decision at “UFC 244” on November 2, 2019.
  11. On September 26, 2020, he defeated Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision.
  12. On July 12, 2021, he lost to Movsar Evloev via unanimous decision at “UFC 263.”
  13. On February 5, 2022, he defeated Michael Trizano via unanimous decision at “UFC Vegas 37.”
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