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Anthony Njokuani signs with Legacy FC following UFC release

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Veteran lightweight Anthony Njokuani has verbally agreed to a multi-fight deal with Legacy FC following his recent release from the UFC, Legacy FC owner Mick Maynard confirmed to on Wednesday.

A 34-year-old former kickboxer, Njokuani (16-9, 1 NC) had been a mainstay in the WEC/UFC 155-pound division ever since his 2009 debut, fighting 15 times and scoring memorable KO/TKO wins over Chris Horodecki, Edward Faaloloto and Roger Bowling, among others.

Njokuani entered the UFC as one of the WEC's most promising lightweight prospects following the WEC-UFC merger, however things never panned out as Njokuani struggled to win just three of his next eight fights.

His UFC career came to an anticlimactic conclusion with an 0-2 run in 2014 that saw Njokuani drop consecutive decisions to Vinc Pichel and Daron Cruickshank, bringing his total WEC/UFC record to 7-8.

Njokuani is now scheduled to tangle against Thomas Gifford (9-6) on Feb. 13 in his Legacy FC debut, which will take place in Allen, TX. Gifford, a 22-year-old submission specialist out of Brush Creek, AR, scored a second-round TKO win over Wade Johnson this past Aug. at Legacy FC 34.

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