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Light Heavyweight Division


"African Savage"

Kennedy Nzechukwu

Light Heavyweight Division

12-5-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Kennedy Nzechukwu

athlete record


Learn more about Kennedy Nzechukwu's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
United States
Trains at
Fortis MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Aug. 22, 2017
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2016

  • Eight wins by KO, one by submission (guillotine)

  • Two first round finishes

  • Has won six of his last 10 and three of his last five

  • Origin of nickname: “This name originated from my forefathers, who happened to be hunters. They led wild animals into ambushes. Due to their brave, fierce and violent behavior I decided to go by ‘Savage.’”

  • Mini-bio – “I stopped college due to my mother being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2014. I had to get at least two jobs to help support her and my older brother, who suffers from autism. Life has been one great journey so far, and now being able to fight in the UFC would help me pay off my mother’s medical bills even faster. I thank God for bringing me this far.”

UFC Fight Night (3/16/24) Nzechukwu lost a three round split decision to Ovince Saint Preux 

UFC on ESPN (8/5/23) Nzechukwu was stopped by Dustin Jacoby via strikes at 1:22 of the first round 

UFC 288 (5/6/23) Nzechukwu submitted Devin Clark via guillotine choke at 2:28 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (11/19/22) Nzechukwu stopped Ion Cutelaba via strikes at 1:02 of the second round 

UFC on ESPN (7/9/22) Nzechukwu stopped Karl Roberson via strikes at 2:19 of the third round

UFC 272 (3/5/22) Nzechukwu lost a three round split decision to Nicolae Negumereanu

UFC Fight Night (11/13/21) Nzechukwu was knocked out by Da-un Jung at 3:04 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (6/26/21) Nzechukwu stopped Danilo Marques via strikes at :20 of the third round

UFC 259 (3/6/21) Nzechukwu knocked out Carlos Ulberg at 3:19 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (8/3/19) Nzechukwu won a three round unanimous decision over Darko Stosic

UFC on ESPN (3/30/19) Nzechukwu was submitted by Paul Craig via triangle choke at 4:20 of the third round


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 2

Episode eight (8/7/18) Nzechukwu stopped Dennis Bryant via strikes at 1:48 of the first round


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 1

Episode seven (8/22/17) Nzechukwu won a three round split decision over Anton Berzin

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training on the 12th of February, 2015, because I needed the money.

Do you have any heroes? My parents

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a lot for me to be able to compete in the biggest promotion in the world.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I wasn’t able to finish college due to my mother’s ALS diagnosis.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was working as a bouncer and cook before I started fighting.

Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine

Favorite Striking technique: Head kick