For Chidi “Bang Bang” Njokuani, 2012 was a good year not only because he won all four of his fights, but also because he feels he’s been taking the necessary steps towards becoming the best fighter he can be.
“I think I had a good year,” he said. “I won a couple fights and most importantly I learned a lot more and my performances showed it.
“I’m a lot more mature since I started fighting. When I stared I didn’t know jiu-jitsu or even what an underhook was used for. Now I’m actually in the gym, training and I’ve got a lot more respect for the ground game. It shows too. I’m not the fighter I know I can be, but I’m getting closer.”
Njokuani told MMAWeekly.com that it’s his growing appreciation for the ground game that will be a big part of his strategy in fights moving forward.
“I know everybody’s going to want me to take me down, so I focused on my wrestling and my defense and even my offense, too, and might go for a takedown,” he said.
“My main goal is just to stick to my gameplan and not get sucked into what they’ve trained to do. I just want to do what I’ve been doing and take control of the fight from end to end.”
“It’s a different match-up because he’s bigger and stronger since we’re fighting at a catchweight of 177 pounds,” said Njokuani. “So he’s going to probably be bigger than me, but I train against bigger guys and I’ve just got to stick to my game plan and not get sucked into his.
“That’s exactly what I plan on doing is keep my speed up and not let him get started on anything.”
Having bounced around in various promotions prior to joining RFA late last year, Njokuani feels finding a home in the promotion will definitely allow him to move to the next level.
“The RFA has done pretty good in promoting the show, so it’s going to be a nice step in my career,” he said. “All I need to do is go out there and do what I can and get the W.
“I feel like all of my fights catch people’s eyes. Whether they know me or not, they know who I am and they notice me after my fights. I’m not going out there thinking I have to get a knockout or a submission. I just go out and whatever happens, happens.”