Sodiq Yusuff


Remains undefeated in UFC
January 18, 2020
Yusuff defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was an extremely interesting performance from Yusuff. Known for his aggressiveness on the feet, Yusuff smashed Fili in the early going with some beautiful jabs. As the fight progressed, Yusuff's output on the feet dipped and by the time Round 3 rolled around he was essentially a counter puncher. It ended up being enough for Yusuff to secure the win but his poor takedown defense is a concern moving forward. Fili landed three of six takedown attempts and a more talented ground fighter may have very well been able to control Sodiq on the mat. Regardless, Yusuff displayed a different aspect of his game and that's a definite bright spot. The 26-year-old is a perfect 4-0 with the UFC.
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Set to face Andre Fili
November 25, 2019
Yusuff (foot) will face Andre Fili in a featherweight bout at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
Yusuff, who is undefeated in his three fights under the UFC banner, will make his return to the Octagon after sustaining a possible left knee fracture in his victory over Gabriel Benitez via TKO (puches) at UFC 241 in August. He'll face Fili, who has won four of his past five fights dating back to October 2017. Fili carries slight height and reach advantages heading into the matchup.
Dealing with potential knee fracture
August 19, 2019
Yusuff has been suspended 180 days for a possible left knee fracture, Steven Marrocco of reports.
Yusuff managed to earn a first-round victory via TKO, but he may have picked up an injury along the way. If that's the case, he'll need to wait at least 180 days or until he gains clearance from a doctor to return to the octagon.
Turns out Gabriel Benitez's lights
August 17, 2019
Yusuff defeated Gabriel Benitez via TKO (punches) at 4:14 of Round 1 at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
Yusuff said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he wanted to go toe-to-toe with Benitez in order to put on a show for the fans. That is unquestionably not a mentality that leads to long-term success, but he had enough power in his hands to survive the dice roll on Saturday. He deserves credit for both eating some big shots from him opponent and for the perfect right hook that turned Benitez's lights out. Referee Herb Dean -- who has been dreadful the past few months -- was once again late on the stoppage. It remains to be seen if Yusuff is anything more than a one-dimensional brawler, but he's clearly put himself on the map at 145 pounds.
On the schedule at UFC 241
June 10, 2019
Yusuff will fight Gabriel Benitez in a featherweight matchup at UFC 241 on August 17 in Anaheim.
Yusuff has won four consecutive fights, with his last victory coming via unanimous decision over Sheymon Moraes. He'll look to continue his run against Benitez, who is coming off a dominant two-matchwinning streak himself. It's a small sample size, but Yusuff has far superior striking numbers. Benitez has more experience on the mat, but that may not matter the way Yusuff has been handling opponents so far. Yusuff will enter this fight as a heavy betting favorite.
Continues strong run with win in Philly
March 30, 2019
Yusuff defeated Sheymon Moraes via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
It didn't come easy, but Yusuff got it done. He landed plenty of his trademark power shots, but most impressively, his chin held up when Moraes returned fire. A professional for less than three years, the 25-year-old Nigerian has a boatload of potential. His power is evident and his footwork is impressive. There's work to be done, but Yusuff is one to keep an eye on. He called out Kron Gracie in his post-fight interview. That would be a fun fight.