Tafon Nchukwi

Da Don

Cameroon

Bounces back with easy win
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 18, 2021
Nchukwi defeated Mike Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an excellent effort for Nchukwi on the heels of his first professional defeat at the hands of Jun Yong Park this past May. Known as a one-dimensional power puncher, Nchukwi displayed a different side of his game in this one, scoring three successful takedowns in the win. For comparison's sake, Nchukwi landed just one takedown over the course of his first three UFC bouts combined. Set to turn 27 years of age next month, Nchukwi has all of seven professional fights under his belt. It will be interesting to see his improvement as he gets increased reps inside the Octagon.
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Targeting September bout
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 9, 2021
Nchukwi is expected to take on Mike Rodriguez in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nchukwi lost his last time out against Jun Yong Park back in May. That was his first loss as a professional. Rodriguez is coming into the bout off back-to-back losses and will be hoping to get back to .500 in the UFC.
Suffers first pro defeat
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Nchukwi lost to Jun Yong Park via majority decision (25-30, 26-29, 28-28) at UFC on ESPN 24 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Good luck finding a fight that produces stranger scorecards than this one. The one thing that wasn't in doubt was that Nchukwi looked terrible despite entering as a -155 favorite. The second round was by far Nchukwi's best, but his strong performance in the middle frame was negated by multiple low blows which led to referee Chris Tognoni (correctly) docking him a point. It was all downhill from there. While Nchukwi entered this fight undefeated as a professional, it's important to remember he began the evening with all of five fights under his belt. There are going to be growing pains for the 26-year-old native of Cameroon, and this was a perfect example of that.
Back in Octagon
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 2, 2021
Nchukwi (knee) will fight Jun Yong Park on the May 8 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Nchukwi was hit with a 180-day medical suspension following his UFC debut victory over Jamie Pickett back in December. With that now in the rearview, he can focus on his upcoming clash with Park, who is riding a two-fight winning streak of his own. It's also a clash of styles between the two fighters, with Nchukwi looking to keep things upright and Park figuring to pursue takedown attempts early and often. Nchukwi does have a two-inch height and four-inch reach advantage to hlp him keep Park at a distance.
Hit with medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 22, 2020
Nchukwi was handed a 180-day medical suspension Tuesday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nchukwi defeated Jamie Pickett handily in his UFC debut, though he took some blows in the process, suffering injuries to his right knee and left shoulder. The 180-day ban could be waived pending clearance from a doctor, but he'll be required to miss at least 45 days and to go 30 days without contact.
Cruises in UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 19, 2020
Nchukwi defeated Jamie Pickett via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This one was never in doubt. In a fight between two products of Dana White's Contender Series, Nchukwi left no questions about who the better man was. He landed 120 of 187 significant strikes, good for a stunning 64 percent clip. Nchukwi had never gone halfway through the second round in any of his four prior professional fights, let alone seen the final bell. Nchukwi's power is entirely legitimate, and he's a serious threat on the feet, but he fights at a bit of a slow pace and it will be interesting to see how he handles some of the quicker fighters in the division. Saturday's performance was certainly encouraging.