full name: Chidi Godson Njoku-Ani
fight name: Chidi Bang Bang
residence: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
weight divisions: welterweight, middleweight
current promotion: UFC
pro MMA record: 22-9, 1 NC
Chidi Godson Njokuani is a professional mixed martial artist and a former Muay Thai fighter and kickboxer born in Dallas, Texas, United States to Nigerian parents. His brother Anthony Njokuani is also a professional MMA fighter and kickboxer.
Nicknamed Chidi Bang Bang, Chidi is 6’3″ tall and he competes in the middleweight and welterweight divisions in MMA. In Muay Thai and kickboxing, he competed in the light heavyweight division.
In 1989, Anthony introduced Chidi to Muay Thai. The latter started competing in Muay Thai in 1990 and turned professional in 2007.
Currently, Chidi is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Here are 13 more things about him:
- On November 3, 2007, he made his professional MMA debut in Thackerville, Oklahoma, USA where he defeated George Cortez via technical knockout via punches. He defeated Andrew Moncriefe in 2008 and lost to Warren Thompson in 2009.
- In 2010, he lost to Jorge Lopez before he defeated Chris Kennedy and Jack Montgomery. In 2011, he defeated Alan Jouban then lost to Brandon Thatch.
- In 2012, he defeated Jonathan Harris, John Reedy, Bobby Cooper and Phil Dace.
- In 2013, he lost to Jeremy Kimball before he defeated LeVon Maynard.
- In 2014, his fight against Chris Heatherly ended in a No Contest then he defeated Steve Hanna.
- He defeated Gilbert Smith via unanimous decision at “RFA 22” in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA on January 9, 2015 and Max Griffin via split decision at “TPF 23” in Lemoore, California, USA on May 7, 2015. On November 20, 2015, he made his Bellator MMA debut at “Bellator 146” in Thackerville where he defeated Ricky Rainey via unanimous decision.
- In 2016, he knocked out Thiago Jambo Goncalves at “Bellator 156” in Fresno, California and defeated Andre Fialho via technical knockout at “Bellator 167” in Thackerville.
- In 2017, he defeated Melvin Guillard via unanimous decision at “Bellator 171” in Mulvane, Kansas, USA, lost to Andrey Koreshkov via technical knockout at “Bellator 182” in Verona, New York, USA and defeated Hisaki Kato via unanimous decision at “Bellator 189” in Thackerville.
- On November 20, 2018, he submitted John Salter via rear-naked choke at “Bellator 2010” in Thackerville. On July 12, 2019, he lost to Rafael Carvalho via unanimous decision at “Bellator 224” in Thackerville.
- On September 11, 2020, he made his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut at “LFA 91” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA where he defeated Cristhian Torres via technical knockout.
- On September 7, 2021, he defeated Mario Filipe de Sousa via technical knockout at “Dana White’s Contender Series 38” in Enterprise, Nevada
- On February 5, 2022, he made his UFC debut at “UFC Vegas 47” in Enterprise where he knocked out Marc-Andre Barriault. On May 21, 2022, he knocked out Duško Todorović at “UFC Vegas 55” in Enterprise. On September 17, 2022, he lost to Gregory Rodrigues via technical knockout at “UFC Vegas 60” in Enterprise.
- He was 34 years old when he lost to Albert Duraev via split decision on March 25, 2023 at “UFC on ESPN 43” in San Antonio, Texas, which downgraded his professional MMA record to 22 wins, 9 losses and 1 No Contest.
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