As in the case each and every year with the UFC, 2018 saw a hungry batch of newcomers achieve their long awaited dreams.
In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet an aggressive northern wolf ready to issue a swift lesson at 145 pounds in 2019.
A professional since February 2014 and representing Champion’s Creed MMA and Mike Miles Muay Thai and Kickboxing, Hakeem Dawodu owns a 9-1-1 record in 10 career bouts as a professional comprised of six knockouts, three decisions and a draw.
Prior to making his UFC debut in 2018, Dawodu competed under the banner of World Series of Fighting.
In his MMA debut at World Series of Fighting Canada, he knocked out Behrang Yousefi in the first round.
Dawodu also knocked out Jake Macdonald in round two at WSOF Canada 2.
Then at WSOF 14, he defeated Mike Malott via TKO in the third round. Dawodu also defeated his next two opponents via TKO in Tristan Johnson at WSOF 18 and Chuka Willis at WSOF 21 respectively.
At WSOF 32 he defeated Russia’s Merat Magomedov via TKO in the second round.
In his final appearance with World Series of Fighting at WSOF 35, Dawodu defeated UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter season 14 alum Steven Siler via unanimous decision.
In his second outing with the UFC at UFC on Fox 30, he faced Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series season one alumni Austin Arnett and defeated him via unanimous decision.
At UFC 231 Dawodu defeated CES MMA veteran Kyle Bochniak via split decision to earn back to back victories with the UFC.
The win also earned Dawodu his third decision win as a professional.
Having earned six of his nine professional victories via knockout, this northern wolf is ready to make the featherweight division howl in 2019!