Combat sports lovers in South Eastern Nigeria are still spinning in ecstasy after one of Nigeria’s foremost Mixed Martial Arts MMA organisers One Fight Ultimate OFU staged a spectacular showpiece in Awka Anambra State.
The international competition which was the first MMA contest in the region and tagged OFU Fightnight 3, exceeded expectations with 6 powerful bouts on the cards.
In the main event Congolese lightweight fighter Jean Jacques ‘Ziwi’ Lubaya improved his record to 8-0 by delivering a technical knockout against Nigeria’s Chukwuemerie ‘Oseoji’ Okoli with referee stopping the matchup in the 1st round due to multiple pounding.
An entertaining women’s affair saw Nigeria’s Terlumun ‘Woman King’ Doose defeat Ugandan Rebecca ‘Warrior’ Amongi in the flyweight division by unanimous decision to attain a 5-1 professional record.
The unarguably fight of the night which left fans, that thronged Oma XFIT Event center asking for more, pitted two bitter rivals in
Daniel ‘Danny D Great’ Iwuoha and Philemon ‘Captain Hook’ Bitrus in a co-main lightweight contest.
Despite pulling off three takedowns alongside a medical timeout, Hook lost the end to end battle via split decision as Danny D Great provided more agrression and ground control on the night.
In the tournament’s opening contest, Stanford ‘Shaolin Tiger’ Ebere dominated his Congolese flyweight opponent Ken Botton to win by technical knockout to move to 2-1-1, while another Congolese, in the middleweight category, Christopher Moly pounded Nigeria’s Ebenezer ‘D Dragon’ Imbu to a first round referee-stop-contest decision.
The thrilled spectators were hugely delighted at the sight of heavyweight fighters, Chidubem ‘Vugar’ Iyinagolu and Emeka ‘Tiger’ Onyebuchi.
The Menia Jack MMA and Fitness Academy product Vugar wasted no time in choking out Tiger in the first round for his debut win in the professional game.
Speaking after the competition, the OFU Founder and South East zonal Representative on the Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria Chief Ife Obiudo promised more events at the grassroots for young and talented Nigerian fighters.
He concluded with a clarion call for support from corporate Nigeria in order to develop the sports into a huge industry that would benefit the teeming population with employment opportunities.