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Featherweight Division


Sodiq Yusuff

Featherweight Division

13-4-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Sodiq Yusuff

athlete record


Learn more about Sodiq Yusuff's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Lagos, Nigeria
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Dec. 2, 2018
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2016
  • Six wins by KO, one win by submission (guillotine)
  • Has won eight of his last 11 and two of his last four
  • Five first round finishes 
  • Last pre-DWTNCS win was first round KO of SBG Ireland’s Dylan Tuke in March 2018
  • Origin of nickname: “It sounds cool and rolls off the tongue.”

UFC 300 (4/13/24) Yusuff was stopped by Diego Lopes via strikes at 1:29 of the first round 

UFC Fight Night (10/14/23) Yusuff lost a five round unanimous decision to Edson Barboza 

UFC Fight Night (10/1/22) Yusuff submitted Don Shainis by guillotine choke at :30 of the first round 

UFC Fight Night (3/12/22) Yusuff won a three round unanimous decision over Alex Caceres

UFC on ABC (4/10/21) Yusuff lost a three round unanimous decision to Arnold Allen

UFC 246 (1/18/20) Yusuff won a three round unanimous decision over Andre Fili

UFC 241 (8/17/19) Yusuff stopped Gabriel Benitez via strikes at 4:14 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (3/30/19) Yusuff won a three round unanimous decision over Sheymon Moraes

UFC Fight Night (12/1/18) Yusuff stopped Suman Mokhtarian via strikes at 2:14 of the first round


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 2 

Week six (7/24/18) Yusuff won a three round unanimous decision over Mike Davis

TRAINING: Three hours in the morning and four hours at night. This will be a mix of both striking and grappling class, sometimes substituted with a cardio session.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA in 2012. It’s been my dream since I was a kid, ever since I saw the UFC on TV. I couldn’t afford to train until I graduated and found the right opportunity, but once I got it, I ran with it.

Do you have any heroes? My hero is my mother. She instilled my hardworking attitude and my sense of discipline.

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? To fight in the UFC means I’m where I belong. I’ve been saying I would be here since I was a child. It was only a matter of time.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to college for two semesters but left to chase my dreams.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was working at a pizza shop until my coach let me start working at his gym with the kids’ after school program.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I was 9-0 as an amateur, winning WKA, Cagezilla, and Spartyka titles.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: I’m a blue belt under Lloyd Irvin.

Favorite grappling technique: Kimura

Favorite Striking technique: Jab