Anthony Njokuani Released By The UFC; Signs For Legacy FC

Lightweight fighter Anthony Njokuani has been released by the UFC, but has quickly found a new home at Legacy FC.

The 34 year-old Njokuani suffered back-to-back decision losses to Vinc Pichel and Daron Cruickshank in the Octagon in 2014, his third loss in four fights, signalling the end of a four year spell in the promotion during which time he produced an overall 3-5 record.

Njokuani has been under Zuffa’s umbrella for longer than that though, having also fought regularly in the WEC too where he compiled a 4-3 run, including a three-fight winning streak that also delivered three ‘Knockout Of The Night’ bonuses.

During his career to date he’s defeated the likes of Roger Bowling, John Makdessi, Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski, but has came off second best when he’s stepped up against higher ranked opponents like Donald Cerrone, Ben Henderson and Edson Barboza.

While his record isn’t overly impressive the 6ft, 155lb’ers striking based style can be entertaining to watch and is no doubt one of the reasons Legacy FC have been so quick to pursue his signature after his release.

Legacy FC will quickly put him to work as, after signing a multi-fight deal, he’s already slated to face Thomas Gifford at Legacy FC 38 on December 12th in Texas.

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