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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED FACE-OFF FIGHT NIGHT 2 

The second edition of the Face-Off Fight Night™ series powered by UFC Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman, and produced by 54 Limited, was held at The Eko Hotels and Suites, Convention Center on March 18, 2022, creating a new trend of international standard fight and entertainment events in Nigeria, catering to a fast-increasing fight fan-base and top celebrities and influencers.

Besides Kamaru Usman, the A-list dignitaries and celebrities included 2Face, Phyno, Bovi, Falz, Larry Gaga, Wofai, Banky W and others, along with top executives of private and public organizations and sponsoring brands, the Face-Off Fight Night 2™ showcased spectacular MMA fights and great interaction from over 800 fans in attendance. Fighters – Damilare Abdulrahim, Ikenna Michael, Chi Attoh, Ugochukwu Melvin, Emmanuel Eweh, Richard Onem, Cornell Thompson, Segun Ogunoike, and Daniel Emeka – emerged winners in their respective fights of the night. 

The Face-Off Fight Night 2™ was broadcasted live on cable, and terrestrial channels across Nigeria and 45 other African countries on Dstv and Gotv SuperSport channels, Silverbird Tv with a remarkable list of sponsors including Nigerian Breweries, Mikano, AIICO Insurance, Bet9ja, and Tolaram. 

“This is going to be bigger than football. We will be having people from various countries come to watch this event. It is already changing lives. These fighters will be paid for their efforts. This is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents” Usman said in his closing remarks.

Face-Off Fight Night 3™ is set to hold in July 2022.

Follow @theakoshow for more information and updates.

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5Five 4Four’s Second Face-Off Night Fight to Hold in March 2022

In anticipation of the sequel of the Face-Off Fight Night series, 5Five 4Four Limited, the producers of The African KnockOut Show, announced the second edition of the fight series, FaceOff Fight Night 2 to hold on the 18th of March 2022 at Eko Hotels and Suites.

Powered by the UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, the first FaceOff Fight Night was launched in Nigeria on January 7th, 2022, in a star-studded event with celebrities including The African Giant Burna Boy, comedian Bovi, reality TV star Nengi Hampson, DJ Spinall, Olisa Adibua, Wofai Fada, William Uchemba, amongst many others in attendance.

The event which will broadcast live on cable and terrestrial channels across Nigeria and 45 other African countries is sponsored by Legend Extra Stout, Climax Energy Drink, Bet9ja, and AIICO Insurance.

UFC Champion, Kamaru Usman, who returned to Nigeria to host Face-Off Fight Night 1 — the first edition of the Martial Mixed Art (MMA) fight series, revealed the vision behind this historic partnership with 5Five 4Four to grow the sport in Africa and provide opportunities for African fighters. He said “I have thought about it over and over on how I can help. How can I go back and create opportunities for children like myself? This is the best way to do that. I was able to run into my amazing partners who had a similar vision as well, and this vision is to create opportunities to be able to get all those kids like myself to change their lives or their families’ lives”. Kamaru went on to affirm that “it’s not just about doing a show, we want to do big things with this event, we want to be able to change the culture. We want to be able to change the way things are right now. We are not only creating those opportunities, but we want to do it for future generations to come.”

FaceOff Fight Nights are a series of high-end MMA events organized by 54 limited and powered by Kamaru Usman aiming to create a new trend of premium activations, merging sports and entertainment in an internationally proven concept, and giving MMA fans an opportunity to watch professional fights live.

For more information, visit www.ako.show and follow @theAKOshow on socials for updates.

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THE UFC WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION KAMARU USMAN JOINS 5FIVE4FOUR LIMITED, THE OWNER AND DEVELOPER OF THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT (AKO)

We are proud to announce that the Undisputed UFC Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman is joining 5Five4Four Limited and the African KnockOut (AKO) to lead the development of mixed martial arts (MMA) in Nigeria and Africa.

Known as the “Nigerian Nightmare”, Usman is also the Number One ranked Pound-for-Pound fighter in the UFC and one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. The Nigerian-born Champion has always been proud of his roots and is looking forward to his homecoming to develop the skills of indigenous athletes, a goal that aligns with the mission of 5Five4Four Limited and the African KnockOut (AKO).

Season 1 of the African KnockOut (AKO), West Africa’s first MMA reality television show produced by 5Five 4Four Limited in Lagos State, Nigeria, and broadcasted on DSTV SuperSport channels across 46 African countries.

With Kamaru Usman’s achievements, knowledge, and leadership combined with 5Five 4Four Limited footprint, track record, and infrastructure in Africa, the world’s fastest-growing sport has now fully touched down in Nigeria, creating the pathways for African athletes, towards professionalism to exhibit their talents and image locally and globally.

We invite lovers and fans of combat sports all over Nigeria and Africa to join Kamaru Usman and The AKO Show in our journey to archive MMA excellence in Africa.

Follow @theAKOshow on Instagram & Facebook  & Twitter and visit the website www.AKO.show to get updates, as this exciting journey with the Pound-4-Pound King Kamaru Usman has begun.


About 5Five 4Four Limited

5Five 4Four Limited is an African-oriented MMA promotion company and the producer of the African KnockOut (AKO) show, with the mission to promote African talents and help develop MMA into a major sport in Nigeria and Africa. To achieve its goals, 5Five 4Four Limited has established collaborations with private and governmental sports organizations like the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), various promotions, different media, and advertising groups, fitness brands both in Africa and abroad, establishing a network that will form the base of building the African MMA ecosystem.


About The AKO Show

The African KnockOut (AKO) show featured 14 Nigerian middleweight fighters living together in a closed training camp, that created an environment filled with emotions and dramas from starting lifelong friendships to rivalries that stirred up never before seen competitive sides of all the fighters taking them through a series of challenges in an all-or-nothing knockout tournament.


Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman

Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman is the current UFC Welterweight Champion of the world. He is also the winner of the 21st Edition of the Ultimate Fighter. Kamaru Usman defended his title 4 times and is currently on an incredible 15 fight win streak. The Nigerian American who was born and raised in Auchi, Benin City, lived in Nigeria until he was 8 years old when his family relocated to the United States of America. Usman made his professional debut in November 2012 and has fought 21 times, winning 20 (9 by KO, 1 by submission and 10 by decision).