Kennedy Nzechukwu focused on ‘skill set, skill set, skill set’ after comeback win

LAS VEGAS – Kennedy Nzechukwu beat Danilo Marques with a third-round TKO Saturday to liquidate the initial card at UFC Battle Night 190 in Las Vegas.

Have a look inside the battle with Nzechukwu, who needed to rally from some battles in the very first and 2nd rounds for a standing TKO win.

Danilo Marques vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu

Outcome: Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Danilo Marques through TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:20 Upgraded records: Nzechukwu (9-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 3-1 UFC), Marques (11-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 2-1 UFC) Secret stat: Nzechukwu has 6 of his 9 wins by blockage.

Nzechukwu on the battle’s essential minute

Kennedy Nzechukwu

“I tried to stay calm. At the same time, I knew he was going to burn his legs out because he was constricting his legs trying to hold on to me. I knew it was kind of a dicey situation. I knew I could get him to burn his legs out. It’s not the smartest thing to do – the best thing is to stay out of that position – but I knew he was going to burn his legs out. And after the first round, he was limping toward his corner so I knew it was time to push the pace in the second and third round and I got the finish.” https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1408876121018581000

Nzechukwu on overcoming hardship

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 26: (L-R) Danilo Marques of Brazil punches Kennedy Nzechukwu of Nigeria in a light heavyweight battle throughout the UFC Battle Night occasion at UFC PEAK on June 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Image by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“My coaches told me in the third round to push it – suffer now and enjoy the rest later. I just had to suffer and push, push, push. I had to do what I had to do to get through. He was really exhausted after the first round, so I just had to push to break him. We knew we could get that done.”

Nzechukwu on what he desires next

“I want to work on skill set, skill set, skill set, more movement, wrestling, jiu-jitsu – everything else. But my coach knows we’ve still got to tune up my skills and brush off the harsh parts around it. … Everyone in the UFC is skilled, so you can’t be lacking in that.” To hear more from Nzechukwu, take a look at the video of the complete post-fight interview above. [vertical-gallery id=619457] [vertical-gallery id=619455]

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.