When lightweight Anthony Njokuani transitioned over from the WEC, he had not seen a fight go to the judges' scorecards in five years. Since that time, he has spent a total of 15 minutes battling each of his UFC opponents.
After watching him circle away from John Makdessi for the majority of the third round, it has become clear that Njokuani is not the type of fighter we originally thought he was. Instead of trying to finish his opponents, he feels comfortable leaving his fate in the hands of the judges.
Njokuani is a three-time Knockout of the Night winner, and a one-time recipient of Fight of the Night honors. Joe Silva must have been anticipating something similar to the Edson Barboza-Njokuani fight of the night when he paired the Nigerian with fellow striker John Makdessi.
Saturday night couldn't have done a lot for Njokuani's stock with the UFC brass, but he is now 2-2 inside the Octagon.
Coming off a win, it's possible that Joe Silva will send him back to the grapplers, as he decided to wear his running shoes for a decent portion of the final round.
Hopefully we see Njokuani against Jacob Volkmann or Nik Lentz.