List of African fighters in UFC

List of African Fighters in the UFC

We welcome you to this blog post where you will find a list of African fighters in UFC. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion. Only a few MMA artists fight out of African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon. In this article, you will discover who these fighters are, alongside their major achievements.

Let’s get rolling!

1. Israel Adesanya (Nigeria)

Israel Adesanya MMA
  • Weight class: Middleweight
  • Fighting style: Kickboxing

Israel Adesanya, also known as The Last Stylebender, is a Nigerian and New Zealander MMA fighter trained by Eugene Bareman. He won his pro MMA debut in 2012, fighting against James Griffiths and winning via Technical Knockout (TKO).

So far, Israel Adesanya has won 16 matches via knockout and eight by decision. He has lost only three MMA matches.

Achievements

  • ×2 Fight of the Night award
  • ×2 UFC Middleweight Champion
  • Second-longest winning streak in the UFC Middleweight division
  • 2018 Newcomer of the Year by MMAJunkie.com
  • 2019 Male Fighter of the Year
  • 2018 Rising Star of the Year by MMADNA.nl

2. Francis Ngannou (Cameroon)

Francis Ngannou
  • Weight class: Heavyweight
  • Current affiliation: Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts

Francis Ngannou is a Cameroonian and French pro MMA fighter and boxer weighing 257 lbs and standing tall at 6′ 4″. His head coach is Eric Nicksick, while Dewey Cooper is his striking coach.

Ngannou fights out Las Vegas, Nevada, US. His professional career started in November 2013 and has been to fight in 20 matches. He won 12 by knockout, four by submission, and one by decision.

His UFC debut was against Luis Henrique in December 2015, which he won via knockout in the second round.

Achievements

  • First Cameroon-born UFC champion
  • UFC Heavyweight Champion (One time)
  • The world record for the hardest punch
  • 2017 Knockout of the Year as reported by Bleacher Report, ESPN, MMAjunkie.com, World MMA Awards, and Pundit Arena.
  • 2017 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

3. Kamaru Usman (Nigeria)

Kamaru Usman MMA
  • Weight class: Welterweight, Middleweight
  • Rank: Black belt in BJJ

Kamaru Usman is a Nigerian-American professional MMA artist popularly known as The Nigerian Nightmare. He fights out of Denver, Colorado, US and has won 20 matches so far. His current losses were in four matches (Two by decision, one by submission and one by knockout).

Achievements

  • UFC Welterweight Champion
  • The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner
  • 2021 Most Outstanding Fighter of the Year (The Wrestling Observer Newsletter – WON)
  • 2021 Fighter of the Year
  • 2021 The Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year by the World MMA Awards
  • 2021 Male Fighter of the Year

4. Abdul Razak Alhassan (Ghana)

Abdul Razak Alhassan
  • Weight class: Welterweight, Middleweight
  • Current affiliation: Team Elevation

Abdul Razak Alhassan, nicknamed Judo Thunder, is a Ghanaian MMA fighter whose fighting style is Judo and Muay Thai. Despite being a Ghanaian national, he fights out of Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

His pro debut match in the Ultimate Fighting Championship was at the UFC Fight Night on November 19, 2016, which he won. Abdul Razak Alhassan has won 12 matches all by knockout. He has also lost six matches, most of which were by decision.


Related: List of Nigerian Fighters in UFC.


5. Abu Azaitar (Morocco)

Abu Azaitar
  • Weight class: Middleweight – 186 lbs
  • A member of Combat Club Cologne

Abu Azaitar, nicknamed Captain Morocco, is a UFC fighter who has won 14 matches and lost four since he started professional MMA. He also played draw in a UFC match.

Azaitar fights out of Cologne, Germany, and has played in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB), and Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW).

6. Sodiq Yusuff (Nigeria)

Sodiq Yusuff MMA
  • Weight class: Featherweight
  • Affiliation: Team Lloyd Irvin

Sodiq Yusuff, popularly known as Super, is also among our list of African fighters in UFC. He is a Nigerian-American professional MMA artist who fights out of Camp Springs, Maryland, US.

So far, he has lost three fights and won 13 by knockout (6), decision (6), and submission (1).

7. Don Madge (South Africa)

Don Madge
  • Weight class: Lightweight

Don Madge, popularly known as the Magic Man, is also on our list of African fighters in UFC. He fights out of Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa, using the Southpaw fighting style.

His UFC debut match was against Te Edwards (Tango) on October 27, 2018, which he won by knocking him off with a head kick in the first round. Don Madge has won ten matches so far, the majority of which are by knockout.

8. Igeu Kabesa (South Africa)

Igeu Kabesa
  • Weight class: Featherweight
  • Current affiliation: Fight Fit Militia

Igeu Kabesa, nicknamed Smiley, is a South African Mixed Martial Arts fighter trained by Jan Roets. He fights out of Polokwane, South Africa. As of now, he has won 16 matches and lost two fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

9. Dalcha Lungiambula (South Africa)

Dalcha Lungiambula
  • Weight class: Middleweight
  • Affiliation: A member of Camp Fight

Dalcha Lungiambula, also known as Champion, is a Congolese MMA fighter who competes in UFC’s Middleweight division. He fights out of Cape Town, South Africa and has won 11 professional matches.

His UFC debut match was Dequan Townsend on June 29, 2019, which he won in the third round via Technical Knockout ITKO).

10. Mohammed Usman (Nigeria)

Mohammed Usman MMA
  • Weight class: Heavyweight
  • A member of Fortis MMA

Mohammed Usman, nicknamed The Motor, is an heavyweight MMA fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Since he started his professional career, he has won up to 11 matches and lost two.

He won some of these matches fighting against Jake Collier, Junior Tafa, Zac Pauga, Eduardo Perez, and Brandon Sayles.


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