African Giant Rising: Why Nigeria's Total Dominance Of Mixed Martial Arts Is Imminent [Video]
By Iwedi Ojinmah 1 month ago
Sprawled across the midsection of Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is a tattoo of the African continent.
Nigeria, the country where he was born, is totally in black.
The 30-year-old champ has spent the last two decades of his life in New Zealand, but this tattoo is an indicator of his umbilical tie with his homeland.
“I stamped my chest with my bloodline,
“When you look at my chest, you see where I come from: the great continent of Africa and the great country of Nigeria.”
Along with him is defending welterweight titleholder Kamaru Usman, who is the other Nigerian-born champions in the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts brand, and might already be the biggest star in MMA at presentRelated: Edo 2020: We’re 95 Percent Ready – Edo Govt
He is also touted as another major vehicle to creating an era of African dominance in MMA.
We say this because all over the African continent, smaller MMA promotions are thriving.
In South Africa, Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) is enjoying huge success—to the tune of 15.4 million unique viewers on television in 2019 alone.
In Senegal, ARES Fighting Championship recently promoted a successful debut event.
In Nigeria, African Warriors Fighting Championship (AWFC), is taking a unique approach to fight promotions by showcasing MMA alongside traditional Nigerian combat sports like kokowa (Nigerian wrestling above), and dambe (Nigerian boxing below), and has already caught the attention of local media and the foreign media.
The rosters of these fight promotions are populated by a long list of African hopefuls, all of whom hope to emulate the success of UFC superstars like Usman and Adesanya.
There is no doubt that Nigeria and Africa, in general, are jam-packed with men and women who could conceivably dominate in MMA with the proper training.
Adesanya agrees, sharing:
“Once the Africans and the Nigerians discover MMA and start to blow up, it’s going to be game over.
“Everyone else is going to have to take a back seat.”
If the UFC does debut in Africa, it’s very likely that Adesanya or Usman will get the call to headline and for that Africans and especially Nigerians cant wait.