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KENNEDY NZECHUKWU

AGE

26

RECORD

6-1-0

REACH

83”

HEIGHT

6'5"

WEIGHT

205LB

STANCE

SOUTHPAW

CAMP

FORTIS MMA

HOMETOWN

DALLAS, TEXAS, US

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC ON ESPN 2 – VS PAUL CRAIG

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Craig is in the orthodox stance. Kennedy is in the southpaw stance. Craig opens the fight with a leg kick. Both fighters are flat footed and looking to explode on each other. Kennedy goes high with the kick, blocked by Craig. Kennedy establishes the forward pressure. He moves in with a knee to the body. Craig catches the single leg and starts working for a takedown against the fence. Kennedy explodes with a couple of hard elbows! 1st min in, Kennedy trips Craig down and takes the guard position! Craig shoots for the armbar!!! Kennedy shows his submission defense as he defends. They are back standing. Craig dives for a single leg once again but finishes in the bottom position. Kennedy is in the guard position. He lands a hard elbow from the top! Craig shoots for the armbar once again! Kennedy escapes and stands up. Both fighters are on their feet. Craig lands a leg kick. He shoots for the double leg but Kennedy easily defends. Halfway in, Craig doesn’t stop with the takedown attempts as he shoots once again! He grabs the double leg and partially scores the takedown. Kennedy is defending against the fence. He has displayed great takedown defense so far. Craig drops for the knee bar! Kennedy is defending well. Craig has locked the right leg of Kennedy. Kennedy defends once again. 1 min to go, Craig is already breathing heavily. He moves forward and lands a right hand over the top. Kennedy fires a high kick and lands! Craig loses his balance and finishes on the mat. Kennedy allows him to stand up. Kennedy is patient and waiting for a counter. Craig is looking to explode for a takedown. He goes high with the kick but Kennedy covers. 10-9 Craig

Rd 2 – Kennedy takes the center. Both fighters are working behind their jabs. Big kick to the body lands for Craig! He is looking to tire Kennedy out. He follows with another attack and lands a right hand. Craig dives for a single leg. Kennedy defends against the cage. Craig separates and lands a two-punch combo! He is more active in this fight. Craig shoots for the single leg. Kennedy is defending. Craig switches to a body lock and drags Kennedy down to the mat. 1st min in, Craig starts eating hard elbows! Kennedy has very good scrambles. Kennedy is on top and unloading with big elbows! He is destroying Craig on the bottom! Kennedy backs off. They are back on their feet. Craig moves forward and lands an eye poke. The referee stops the fight and gives Kennedy time to recover. The fight continues. Hard kick to the body lands for Craig! Kennedy responds with a stiff jab. Craig lands a kick to the groins. Kennedy is fine and the fight continues. Kennedy is marching forward. Craig closes the distance and lands a straight right. He is outboxing Kennedy on the feet. Kennedy starts walking Craig down. Craig is clearly slowing down. Stiff jab lands for Kennedy! 1 min to go, he goes high with the kick, blocked by Craig. Kennedy is the aggressor. Both fighters are slowing down. Kennedy explodes with a double knee to the body! It looks like he has more energy. Craig dives for a late takedown. Kennedy defends. 10-9 Kennedy

 

Rd 3 – Craig opens the round with a leg kick. They are pretty even in the standup. Kennedy is moving forward. Craig is keeping his distance with the kicks. Big kick to the body lands for Craig! Kennedy is patient and looking for the openings. 1st min in, Kennedy Has a hard time connecting with the punches. Craig level changes once again. Kennedy defends and calls him back to the feet. Craig quickly closes the distance and eats a nasty eye poke! The referee stops the fight and gives Craig time to recover. The referee takes the point out of Kennedy. The fight continues. Craig is exploding with the punches. He is mixing them high and low. Nice front kick lands for Craig. Kennedy responds with the left straight. Kennedy has not landed anything significant yet. Craig moves forward and initiates the clinch. Halfway in, Big elbow lands for Craig! He dives for a single leg. Kennedy is defending well. He finishes on top and in the side control position. He is working for a crucifix position. Kennedy is controlling Craig. Craig scrambles and gets his guard back. Kennedy explodes with the punches! Craig is controlling the wrists from the bottom. He shoots for the triangle choke! Kennedy defends. 1 min to go, Craig isolates the arm and gets the armbar!!! It looks tight!!! Kennedy tries to defend!!! Kennedy taps out!!!

 

WATCH FIGHT

AUGUST 2018 DWTNCS S2E8 – VS DENNIS BRYANT

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD TKO (HEAD KICK AND PUNCHES)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Bryant is in the orthodox stance. Kennedy is in the southpaw stance. Kennedy slowly takes the center. Bryant opens the fight with a leg kick. Nice one-two lands for Kennedy. He is looking calm and relaxed. Bryant is exploding with the punches but he is out of range. Stiff jab lands for Kennedy. He moves once again but Bryant comes with a cross over the top. Kennedy starts landing kicks to the body. Big head kick lands for Kennedy! Bryant absorbs. Bryant is looking for a brawl. Kennedy is using his reach advantage well. He is landing nice one-two combinations. Bryant tries to counter but he misses with most of the punches. Kennedy explodes with a head kick once again! Bryant goes down!!! Kennedy jumps all over him with the hammer fists!!! The referee stops the fight!!!

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

7 MATCHES 6 WINS 1 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 4 0
SUBMISSION 0 1
DECISION 2 0
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Nzechukwu is young and aggressive standup fighter.
  • Nzechukwu has appeared on the DWTNCS and scored a dominant victory over Bryant.
  • He has good standup skills. He is very accurate with the one-two combinations and likes exploding with the kicks.
  • However, Nzechukwu is hesitating too much as seen against Craig. He has a hard time pulling the trigger.
  • His kicks are very powerful as seen against Bryant.
  • On the mat, Kennedy is exploding with the brutal ground and pound skills as seen against Bryant.
  • Against Craig, Kennedy has displayed a very good submission defense. He has defended a couple of serious submission attempts.
  • Also, he has shown nice scrambles against Craig.
  • During the standup fight. He is using his height and reach well.
  • Nzechukwu is training at FORTIS MMA with some of the best fighters in the world