Nigerian-American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Azunna ‘Zulu’ Anyanwu will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at this weekend’s fight night in Pittsburgh.
The heavyweight fighter will square up against Justin ‘El Blanco’ Ledet, who was earlier billed to face injured Dmitriy Sosnovskiy of Ukraine.
36-year-old Anyanwu, who will step into the Octagon for the first time on Saturday night, got his maiden UFC contract last week after he was called up at short notice to replace injured Sosnovskiy.
“So I got the call about being ready to go next week and I said I’ll take the opportunity at 36 because this ain’t coming again. I’m in my prime now. So just getting in shape and recovering as much as possible. Opening up my lungs, getting ready for the fight.” Anyanwu told ESPN.
He continued: “Mentally I’m strong, I’m a strong dude. I’ve seen ups and downs. It’s just gonna be another fight with more computers and cameras around. Let’s just get to it and put on a show.”
Another Nigerian, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, who defeated Sean Strickland in his last UFC bout in April, makes his return to the Octagon to take on Brazil’s Sergio ‘The Panther’ Moraes.