Nigerian–American mixed martial artist (MMA) Sodiq Olamide Yusuff recorded a comfortable victory against promotional newcomer Don Shainis at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 211 in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday, October 2, 2022.
Before the fight, Yusuff took to social media to congratulate Nigerians on Independence day promising to make Nigerians proud in the octagon.
‘They won’t be allowing us to wear our flags today but I’m always representing my people to the fullest. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 👊🏿💪🏿🇳🇬 SEE YALL TONIGHT,’ – Yusuff said on Instagram.
The 29-year-old Yusuff came into the fight a 10-to-1 favorite and had a short night at the office.
The Nigerian started the fight as aggressive as he can using his clinch to charge Shainis.
Yusuf came into the fight at 12-2 in MMA and 5-1 in UFC. He used his knees to cause pain as Shainis aimed for a takedown.
Yusuff countered snatching his neck and pulling for a guillotine choke with a tight grip.