It was a night of glitz and excitement at the Landmark Centre, venue for the event, which took place on Thursday in Lagos.
Your number one sports site, pulse sports nigeriaHe was on hand as the Nigerian Nightmare, his team and partners made sure the show was up to par.
These are some of the main talking points of the third edition of Face Off Night Fight 3.
Naija wears the last
There is a saying in Nigeria that ‘Naija does not dey carry last’, but in Face Off Night Fight 3, the opposite was true as Naija carried last.
It was a night to forget for two of the favorite fighters of the night, Police Force’s Emmanuel Bernard and main event star Segun Ogunoiki aka Machine Gun.
Both mixed martial arts fighters suffered humiliating defeats after being knocked out in their respective bouts.
Bernard barely lasted more than a minute before the officiating referee saved him from further punishment from his DR Congo conqueror Josias Musasa.
machine gun disappoints
The biggest disappointment of the night came in the main event, the last fight of the night between Ogunoiki and his challenger, Drame of the Republic of Benin in the middleweight class.
Ogunoiki was the favorite heading into the fight and was supported by the local fans who cheered for him, in the belief that he would successfully defend his title.
However, the machine gunner disappointed his compatriots and those who chanted ‘Abuja boy’ as he was knocked out in the second round with a series of devastating blows from Drame.
A year after he was also knocked out in the main event of Face Off Fight Night 2 by Daniel Emeka, this time it was a sweet victory for Cherif Drame.
The Benenoise fighter made his intentions known quite early in the first round and could have finished it then, but Nigeria’s Machine Gun Shegz survived the initial scare.
However, in the second round, there would be no stopping Drame, who saw the opportunity and went for the kill to rebound from that painful loss a year ago.
Not all was gloom and doom for Nigeria
While it was a night to forget for Nigeria at the African Knockout Show, there were some good moments for the country as well.
Jibrin Inuwa Baba, Cornel Thompson, and Jane Osigwe all recorded impressive wins in their respective bouts.
Inuwa Baba was pushed into the final round of their fight by his challenger, Togo’s Olympio Kokou before he sealed the split decision victory.
The 19-year-old superstar Osigwe impressed the spectators with his fighting ability and needed just 3:23 seconds over two rounds to defeat his opponent, Reine Kengni from Cameroon.
For Thompson, his victory over Billy Nyembo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo came courtesy of a unanimous decision after an intense fight.