Kamaru Usman’s ‘Face Off Fight Night’ Returns This December

Mark your calendars: December 27

The African Knockout (AKO), producers of the African Knockout (AKO) TV show currently showing on Netflix, are back with the third edition of their mixed martial arts event series Face Off Fight Night. This year, the event will feature 22 fighters from 6 African countries.

AKO promotion, owned by Nigerian-born American UFC legend and world champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman, aims at promoting the sport of MMA into one of the major sports in Africa by providing a platform for young talents on the global stage and giving MMA fans a new and unique experience of watching professional MMA fights live.


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In the first edition of Face Off Fight Night, Ndidi Alonu was crowned winner, while Daniel Emeka Eze and Segun Ogunnoiki were first and second runners up respectively. In the second edition, there were two middleweight fights and Daniel Emeka, via unanimous decision won over Cherif Drame while Segun Ogunnoiki won via 2nd Round TKO over Ayivor Mawuko.

For the third season of the Face Off Fight Night series, Nigeria’s Segun “Machine Gun Shegz” Ogunnoiki, owner of the most finishes in AKO history, will make his main event debut when he faces a Beninese veteran Cherif Drame, who is currently on a winning streak. This season’s event also brings an interesting addition with the first-ever women’s MMA fights in Nigeria. Pamilerin Akintayo will slug it out with Juliet Chukwu, while Jane Osigwe will seek to make history when she takes on her energetic opponent Kengni Reine Kevine from Cameroon.

In another fight, knockout artist Daniel Emeka Eze (“The Big Shark Emeka”) gets a chance for redemption when he takes on Face Off Fight Night season 1 winner Ndidi Alonu; also, the currently undefeated Melvin “Nicotine” Ugochukwu will take on AKO debutant Johnson Dennis, and Emmanuel Benard Eweh puts his undefeated record on the line when he welcomes his DR Congo opponent, Josias Musasa.


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The Face Off Fight Night season 3 will be broadcast on SuperSport 2 on GOtv and SuperSport Variety 4 on DStv. It will also stream live for the international audience on the “The AKO Show” YouTube channel.

Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022 (Red Carpet at 6 PM)

Venue: Landmark Event Centre, Plot 2 & 3, Water Corporation Dr, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.

Tickets are available here.

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