Chidi Njokuani

Chidi Njokuani

Personal Information

Full Name Chidi Godson Njoku-Ani
Date of Birth December 31, 1988
Age 34
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Nickname Chidi Bang Bang

Chidi Njokuani: A Brief Biography

Chidi Godson Njokuani was born on December 31, 1988, in the United States. He is a retired Muay Thai kickboxer and currently a professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has been competing in MMA since 2007 and has previously fought for organizations such as Bellator MMA, RFA, Tachi Palace Fights, and Legacy FC.


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Latest News Update for Chidi Njokuani


Njokuani lost his fight against Albert Duraev on March 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Vera via a split decision. The judges scored the fight 28–29, 29–28, and 29–28 in favor of Duraev.


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Chidi Njokuani Facts



Birth PlaceDallas, Texas
Star SignCapricorn
Net Worth (2023)$1.1 Million (Estimated)
Last Fight Earnings$140,000
Age34
MMA Debut2007
MMA Record22-9-0 (1NC)
AchievementsTPF Welterweight Champion.
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter

Early Life and Career

Chidi Njokuani was born in Dallas, Texas on December 31, 1988, to Nigerian parents. His name, "Chidi," which means "God exists" in Igbo, was given to him at birth. He began practicing Muay Thai at the age of 10 after his older brother Anthony introduced him to the sport. He started competing in Muay Thai tournaments at the age of 11. During his teenage years, he briefly shifted his focus to skateboarding but eventually returned to fighting. He discovered mixed martial arts at the age of 18 and became interested in pursuing a career in the sport.


Chidi Njokuani turned professional in 2007 after participating in around fifteen amateur Muay Thai fights. He gained popularity competing in the -80.7 kg/178 lb division for the Oklahoma Destroyers in the World Combat League kickboxing promotion during the 2007-08 season. He lost matches to renowned fighters like Raymond Daniels and Lyman Good.


He suffered his first professional Muay Thai loss against Joe Schilling in April 2009 but bounced back with consecutive wins against Edwin Aguilar and Ken Tran.


Njokuani returned to the Muay Thai ring and fought Simon Marcus to a controversial majority draw on the Push Kick Promotions: Muay Thai World Stand Off 5 card in Las Vegas in September 2013. In the fight, Njokuani controlled the ring initially but Marcus landed knees and elbows from the clinch. Njokuani was given time to recover from illegal strikes in round two. Marcus was docked a point in round three, and the fight turned into a brawl towards the end. The bout was declared a majority draw by the judges.


After the fight, Marcus called Njokuani a "bitch" and criticized the judges' knowledge of the Muay Thai scoring system, which led to a confrontation between Marcus and Njokuani's brother Anthony backstage.


Chidi Njokauni’s Career in Bellator MMA


After signing with Bellator MMA in June 2015, Chidi Njokuani won his debut fight against Ricky Rainey at Bellator 146 on November 20, 2015. In his second fight for the promotion, he won via knockout against Thiago Jambo at Bellator 156 on June 17, 2016. He won his third fight with Bellator against André Fialho at Bellator 167 on December 3, 2016, with a knockout just 21 seconds into the first round.


Njokuani won his fourth Bellator fight against Melvin Guillard at Bellator 171 on January 27, 2017 but lost his fifth fight against Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 182 on August 25, 2017. He moved up to the Middleweight division and won his next fight against Hisaki Kato at Bellator 189 on December 1, 2017, by unanimous decision. He was scheduled to face Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 210 on November 30, 2018, but Manhoef withdrew due to injury, and he lost the bout via submission to John Salter in the first round.


Njokuani fought Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 224 in a 190-pound Catchweight bout on July 12, 2019, but lost by unanimous decision and was released from the promotion.


Njokuani, now released from Bellator, signed a contract with Legacy Fighting Alliance and made his debut against Cristhian Torres at LFA 91 on September 11, 2020. He won the fight by technical knockout in the second round.


Later, on September 7, 2021, Njokuani faced Mario Sousa in a bout at Dana White's Contender Series 38. He secured a UFC contract by winning the fight in the third round via ground and pound elbows.



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Chidi Njokuani’s Career in UFC


In his first UFC fight on February 5, 2022, Njokuani fought Marc-André Barriault and won via knockout in the first round, earning him the Performance of the Night award.


His next fight was on May 21, 2022, against Duško Todorović, which he also won by knockout with an elbow in the first round, earning him his second consecutive Performance of the Night award. However, in his most recent fight on September 17, 2022, against Gregory Rodrigues, he lost in the second round via technical knockout, but the fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.


Njokuani lost his against fight Albert Duraev on March 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night: Vera vs. Sandhagen via a split decision.


Chidi Njokuani vs. Dusko Todorovic [Image: mmamania.com]


Chidi Njokuani Record



ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocation
Loss22-9 (1)Albert DuraevDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Vera vs. SandhagenMarch 25, 202335:00San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss22–8 (1)Gregory RodriguesTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. SongSeptember 17, 202221:27Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win22–7 (1)Duško TodorovićKO (elbow)UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. VieiraMay 21, 202214:48Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win21–7 (1)Marc-André BarriaultKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. StricklandFebruary 5, 202210:16Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win20–7 (1)Mário SousaTKO (elbows)Dana White's Contender Series 38September 7, 202131:35Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win19–7 (1)Cristhian TorresTKO (knee to the body and punches)LFA 91September 11, 202024:10Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Loss18–7 (1)Rafael CarvalhoDecision (unanimous)Bellator 224July 12, 201935:00Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss18–6 (1)John SalterSubmission (rear-naked choke)Bellator 210November 30, 201814:32Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win18–5 (1)Hisaki KatoDecision (unanimous)Bellator 189December 1, 201735:00Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss17–5 (1)Andrey KoreshkovTKO (punches and elbows)Bellator 182August 25, 201714:08Verona, New York, United States
Win17–4 (1)Melvin GuillardDecision (unanimous)Bellator 171January 27, 201735:00Mulvane, Kansas, United States
Win16–4 (1)André FialhoTKO (punches)Bellator 167December 3, 201610:21Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win15–4 (1)Thiago GonçalvesKO (body kick and punches)Bellator 156June 17, 201632:39Fresno, California, United States
Win14–4 (1)Ricky RaineyDecision (unanimous)Bellator 146November 20, 201535:00Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win13–4 (1)Max GriffinDecision (split)TPF 23May 7, 201555:00Lemoore, California, United States
Win12–4 (1)Gilbert SmithDecision (unanimous)RFA 22January 9, 201555:00Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Win11–4 (1)Steve HannaDecision (unanimous)RFA 18September 12, 201435:00Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
NC10–4 (1)Chris HeatherlyNC (elbow to spine)RFA 13March 7, 201413:31Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Win10–4LeVon MaynardTKO (punches)ShinZo Fight Sport 1August 16, 201314:40Guatemala City, Guatemala
Loss9–4Jeremy KimballSubmission (rear-naked choke)RFA 7March 22, 201321:51Denver, Colorado, United States
Win9–3Phil DaceTKO (punches)RFA 4November 2, 201230:41Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win8–3Bobby CooperDecision (unanimous)RFA 3June 30, 201235:00Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Win7–3John ReedyTKO (leg kick)TPF 13May 10, 201210:55Lemoore, California, United States
Win6–3Jon HarrisTKO (knee and punches)Legacy FC 10February 24, 201211:54Houston, Texas, United States
Loss5–3Brandon ThatchTKO (punches)Ring of Fire 41: Bragging RightsAugust 20, 201110:53Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win5–2Alan JoubanTKO (body kick)TPF 9May 6, 201131:27Lemoore, California, United States
Win4–2Jack MontgomerySubmission (guillotine choke)KOTC: InfusionNovember 13, 201011:35Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win3–2Chris KennedyKO (punches)MMA Xplosion: Vianna vs. LacyJuly 31, 201010:52Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss2–2Jorge LopezTKO (punches)MMA Xplosion: Next Generation FighterMay 22, 201014:15Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss2–1Warren ThompsonSubmission (keylock)Bangkok Fight Night 3September 24, 200911:05Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win2–0Andrew MoncriefeTKO (punches)Supreme Warrior Championship 1September 19, 200810:22Frisco, Texas, United States
Win1–0Jorge CortezTKO (punches)FTP: Global ShowdownNovember 3, 200711:30Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States


Chidi Njokuani’s Most Popular Fights


Mario Sousa vs Chidi Njokuani


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Chidi Njokuani vs Thiago Jambo


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FAQs on Chidi Njokuani


What is Chidi Njokuani's nickname?


Chidi Njokuani's nickname is "Chidi Bang Bang".



What weight class does Chidi Njokuani compete in?


Chidi Njokuani currently competes in the middleweight division of the UFC, which has a weight limit of 185 lbs.



What is Chidi Njokuani's professional MMA record?


Chidi Njokuani's professional MMA record is 22 wins, 9 losses, and 1 no contest.



Where was Chidi Njokuani born?


Chidi Njokuani was born in Dallas, Texas, USA.





Last Updated On 26th March 2023