Brazil’s Alex Pereira, right, fights Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya during the third round of a middleweight bout title bout in the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in New York.InternationalIndiaAfricaMuhammad Nooh OsmanWriter/EditorLongreadThis weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 283 event is set to take place on the night of January 21 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the main card of the event featuring a fight between former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira and the division’s number seven Jamahal Hill for the vacant title.The UFC is set to hold its first event of the year, where Brazilian Glover Teixeira and American Jamahal Hill are going to compete in the main card.Since it was first established in November 1993, fighters in the UFC have represented various parts of the globe, but in its early years, the promotion only worked with fighters from a handful of countries.In recent years, fighters with roots in some regions, such as the Caucasus in southern Russia, have dominated in the UFC. One such glaring example is Russian UFC fighter Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, the promotion’s greatest champ ever, who has won 29 victories in mixed martial arts, of which 13 were in the UFC without a single defeat.Although represented by a rather small number of fighters, the African continent has also proved its presence in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.In mid-November 2022, as part of the promotion’s plans to continue expanding globally into new markets, UFC President Dana White revealed that the UFC was planning to bring its octagon to the African continent. White said that the promotion was targeting Nigeria to hold the UFC’s first event in Africa.Sputnik has gathered a list of the top professional mixed martial artists from the African continent competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including active and former fighters.
Abu Azaitar, the elder of two Moroccan brothers fighting in the UFC, joined the promotion company in July 2018. During his UFC career, Azaitar suffered only three losses out of the 14 bouts he played in the UFC middleweight division.Nicknamed “Captain Morocco”, Azaitar is one of the most respected and promising African fighters at the UFC, despite the fact that he has not yet won a title. The elder brother of UFC lightweight fighter Othman Azaitar, aka the “Bulldozer”, has not lost a match since 2012.
Lazzez, a Tunisian MMA fighter, is also one of the promising African UFC fighters. In his 14-match career at the championship, the “Sniper” was defeated in only two matches. Praised for both his striking and takedown accuracy, Lazzez joined the UFC in July 2020, and Lazaz achieved 11 victories in his career, including eight by knockouts, while suffering only two losses.