When I started looking at the LFA card for July 2, one name caught my eye in Chibwikem Onyenegecha.
Onyenegecha (7-0) has all the makings of a good prospect.
He’s undefeated, he’s fought on Dana White’s Contender Series, he’s in a really good organization and trains under former UFC veteran Matt Grice in Oklahoma.
He has six finishes prior to his “Dana White’s Contender Series” fight, which he won via split decision in 2018 as a 24-year old.
Then he’s seemingly disappeared.
There are plenty of fighters that start a podcast or variety gameshow of sorts to keep their names in the news
Some do interviews before and after fights or even during bouts of inactivity to remind people they are still out there.
This guy was nowhere to be found.
No interviews, no posts on his personal Facebook and Instagram pages.
It’s hard to know what he and his coach Grice have been up to for the last three years.
Even if we see the exact same guy that fought on July 17, 2018 though, this is a guy people should be watching out for.
He’s tall, long, he can throw leg kicks and throw combinations. On the feet, he reminds me a lot of Ryan Spann. He has the same body type and movements.
Onyenegecha uses a nice job of using his jab and backing his opponents up against the fence.
I like to see a fighter with length use it to their advantage and Onyenegecha does it well.
A telling stat for the 24-year-old at the time was that he stuffed all five takedown attempts from Anthony Adams in the “Contender Series” fight.
That is something that is going to be helpful on Friday when he fights a Brazilian in Renato Valente (7-4).
With Valente, Onyenegecha really needs to keep the fight on the feet in the classic striker vs. grappler match up.
The Brazilian has five finishes, four of them by submission and all of those are rear naked chokes.
I do want to see more urgency from Onyenegecha in trying to finish the fight and hopefully in his three years of training that is something he’s worked on.
That, like Onyenegecha, will be a mystery until the bell rings.