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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.

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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).

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NDIDI ALONU (RAGE) EMERGES WINNER OF THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW SEASON 1

NDIDI ALONU (RAGE) EMERGES WINNER OF THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW SEASON 1

THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW SEASON 1 finally comes to an end. After nine weeks of rigorous training, celebrity visits, exciting challenges, drama, emotions, wins and losses, the quest to finding the mixed martial arts champion in Nigeria has ended.

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW PREMIERE.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW PREMIERE
The first episode of the well-anticipated AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW premiered on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 8 PM WAT on SuperSport Action.
 
The show was unveiled by the Show host Okey Bakassi he started by introducing all 18 fighters, as well as their coaches – Jack Menia and Onoja Emmanuel. Upon introducing them, all the fighters had to engage in a series of competitions to determine the final 14 to make it into the AKO camp, after the final 14 emerged; the fighters were given a full tour of the AKO camp.





Speaking on the launch of the first episode, a statement from one of the organizers, Natalia Belousova (Executive Producer) reads – “We are thrilled by the tremendous response we’ve received and hugely encouraged that viewers liked the quality and engaged with the first episode”.
 
We can’t wait for our viewers to see what we have in store for them. In addition to the fights, we have so many entertaining activities lined up and many prizes to be won as the show progresses.
 
The MMA community in Nigeria is amazing and we look forward to making history by updating the face of MMA to make it more reflective of Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”

The AKO team also expressed their utmost gratitude to all sponsors and partners that have contributed immensely to the success of the AFRICAN KNOCKOUT show.

The new episode shows every Sunday at 8 PM on Supersport Action on DStv Channel 210. Live streaming is also available on Streamcent.tv

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IT’S KNOCKOUT TIME!

IT’S KNOCKOUT TIME! THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW officially airs today, Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at 8 PM on Supersport Action on DSTV. Live online streaming is also available on Streamcent.

With two teams of fighters going head to head for grand prizes of a whopping 6 million Naira cash, brand new car courtesy Mikano and a 6 figure international professional contract from Brave Combat Federation, get ready to be entertained, intrigued and thrilled. 

You are set to discover the first MMA Champion in Nigeria! It’s takeover time. Are you ready to pick your fighter?

Let’s knock ‘em out!

ABOUT THE SHOW 
THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT’ (The AKO Show), a reality show set to hit your TV screens from November. The AKO Show is a platform launched to discover the next Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion in Nigeria.
The AKO Show is a combination of sports and entertainment, with 2 teams of fighters, living and interacting with each other for 9 weeks trained by top professional MMA Coaches with a final event in December 2020, at Landmark Center the Official Fighting Venue.

The AKO Show will be broadcast on both DStv and GOtv across 46 African countries on SuperSport Action, SuperSport Variety and SuperSport Blitz.

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M.I ABAGA TO DROP SOUNDTRACK FOR AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW, ‘AFRICAN KNOCKOUT’.

M.I ABAGA DROPS SOUNDTRACK FOR AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOW, ‘AFRICAN KNOCKOUT’AFRICAN KNOCKOUT Show is thrilled to announce the release of its official soundtrack by multiple award-winning and renowned rapper M.I Abaga. The song titled “AFRICAN KNOCKOUT” is produced by Chopstix. AFRICAN KNOCKOUT Show soundtrack centres on winning, being a champion and overcoming challenges.
The song is highly inspiring and seeks to motivate one to be a better version of themselves.

The AKO Show will premiere on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 on SuperSport Action, at 8pm on DSTV and GOTV. M.I is an amazing rapper whose music and style resonates with The AKO Show”, reads the statement from organizers of The AFRICAN KNOCKOUT Show.

AFRICAN KNOCKOUT is available for download across all music platforms from Friday, October 30, 2020.

Available for Download HereABOUT THE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT SHOWTHE AFRICAN KNOCKOUT’ (The AKO Show), a reality show set to hit your TV screens from November. The AKO Show is a platform launched to discover the next Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion in Nigeria.

The AKO Show is a combination of sports and entertainment, with 2 teams of fighters, living and interacting with each other for 9 weeks trained by top professional MMA Coaches with a final live event in December 2020, at Landmark Center the Official Fighting Venue. The AKO Show will be broadcast on both DStv and GOtv platforms across 46 African countries on SuperSport Action, SuperSport Variety and SuperSport Blitz.

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AFRICAN KNOCKOUT REALITY TV SHOW SET TO CHANGE SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT IN NIGERIA.


AFRICAN KNOCKOUT REALITY TV SHOW SET TO CHANGE SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT IN NIGERIA
Introducing ‘AFRICAN KNOCKOUT’ (The AKO Show), a reality show set to hit your TV screens this November!
The AKO Show is a platform launched to discover the next Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion in Nigeria.

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest-growing sport in the world, with the biggest sports promotions like the UFC, Bellator, Rizin Fighting Federation, ONE Championship and more, it is a full combat sport that involves techniques from a variety of different martial arts styles which includes boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, Thai boxing etc.
 
The AKO Show is a combination of sports and entertainment, with 2 teams of fighters, living and interacting with each other for 9 weeks trained by top professional MMA Coaches with a final live event in December 2020, at Landmark Center the Official Fighting Venue.
It will also feature rigorous training sessions, fun challenges, drama and visits from celebrities.
 
The show’s soundtrack AFRICAN KNOCKOUT featured by M.I Abaga and produced by Chopstix will be released on iTunes. Okey Bakassi will be the show host for this season.
 
The AKO Show will be broadcast on both DStv and GOtv platforms across 46 African countries on SuperSport Action, SuperSport Variety and SuperSport Blitz and will premiere across all TV stations on Sunday, November 1st, 2020.
 
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