*Loves Draping Himself With the Country’s Flag
By Ernest Omoarelojie with Agency Reports
It’s been the Nigerian Nightmare, Kamaru Usman and Last Stylebender, Israel Adesanya that have been widely known to fly the Nigerian flag at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC. Remarkably, the duo have taken near patent podium seats at both the Welterweight and Featherweight divisions, thus rendering it almost irrelevant for Nigerians to need introduction anywhere around the world.
Yet, the country’s league of UFC Elite fight gang is growing by the day as the duo, representing both the United States of America, USA, and New Zealand has been joined by another Nigerian of foreign descent, Hakeem Dawodu.
The Mean Dawodu, as the Nigerian Canadian is fondly called, is not only making waves as a fighter of high repute, he is having a good ride, raking in one win after another. More than that, he picks a fancy displaying Nigeria’s flag in celebration. Of course, his winning run has got his other more illustrious compatriot, Adesanya, concluding that Nigerians is on the verge of taking over both the MMA and UFC one day.
“It’s something that I have known all along cause I’m a Yoruba Boy. I’m a Naija boy. There’s something about us that is different and like I said, it’s just getting into a point where it’s like Nigeria is trying to get privy to MMA. It’s time to know what it is. Once they know that football isn’t the only way to express yourself through sports and that you can actually do this in mixed martial arts, I think it’s game over for everyone.” the Stylebender said in an interview.
Remarkably, Dawodu gave a speech that underpins his Nigerian heritage after winning his last fight.
“They only allowed me to bring one flag. So I’m really sorry for not bringing the Jamaican and Canadian flags. But you know what I represent,” Dawodu said, draped in the Nigerian flag.
In his last fight at the Flash Forum, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Dawodu defeated Russian fighter, Zubaira Tukhugov, via split decision. It was a contest that opened the main card of UFC253. However, the win, his fifth on the trot, marked another stage of his ascendancy in the UFC Featherweight rank after the loss on his debut in March 2018.
“This was one of the first fights I felt I was fighting for somebody bigger than myself. All my black people, all my African people, everybody oppressed, they tried to make fun of us. They are trying to bring us down. I refuse to kneel,” he said.
Clearly, Nigeria is on an all-tim high with Kamaru Usman, the Nigerian Nightmare sitting pretty the Welterweight division just as his compatriot, the Last Stylebender Adesanya, holds sway at the Middleweight category. Yet, as The Mean Dawodu inches his way to major reckoning at the Featherweight class the same way the duo of Sodiq Yusuff and Kennedy Nzechukwu are registering the country’s domineering holds on both the Featherweight and Heavyweight categories respectively, Nigeria needs no further introduction as the breeding ground of champions .