MMA Championship: Excitement as Moniepoint fuels AKO series in Abuja

Africa’s fastest growing financial institution, Moniepoint Inc has thrown its weight behind the development of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) across the continent and this time it is all set to host the first live event of the African Knockout Championship (AKO 4) which will take place on Saturday 15th June 2024 at Abuja Continental Hotel (formerly known as Sheraton Hotels).

The Sporting Tribune reports that Africans such as Usman ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru, the UFC’s first African-born welterweight champion, along with Israel «The Last Stylebender» Adesanya, another middleweight champion, and Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou, the heavyweight champion. they have been very instrumental in the popularity of the sport, so much so that it has been called the fastest growing sport in the world, as measured by participation and viewership.

Speaking to the Sporting Tribune, Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Moniepoint, Tosin Eniolorunda, said he believes the series will provide a platform to boost the dreams of young MMA fighters. to show the world your bravery and fighting prowess.

“As humans, we have the drive to fight in our DNA, and society has gradually moved forward as we fight and overcome challenges and obstacles. We are excited to work with AKO to support the rapid growth of MMA in Africa. This collaboration is perfectly aligned with our commitment to fulfilling dreams, promoting resilience and demonstrating courage and bravery. Together, we will create opportunities for athletes, fans and businesses in the MMA ecosystem to thrive, flourish and support a growing subculture across the continent.

“At the intersection of finance and sport, we see a great opportunity to uplift Africa. Our solutions have been instrumental in breaking down barriers in the financial services industry and deepening inclusion, just as MMA breaks down barriers between combat disciplines. This partnership to develop MMA across the continent is an eloquent statement of African potential and innovation,” Eniolorunda told the Sporting Tribune.

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Commenting on the upcoming event, UFC legend and AKO co-owner Kamaru Usman said in expressing his excitement: “I am excited to see the growth of AKO and the talent that will be on display at AKO4. This event marks a significant milestone for African MMA and I am confident that the fighters will put on an unforgettable show for the fans.”

With play-off spots up for grabs, the AKO Championship 4 event, which features 10 African countries, will showcase some nine thrilling bouts across various divisions including featherweight, middleweight, lightweight and women’s bantamweight, with the headline fight between Nigerian retired athlete Daniel. Outstanding Emeka Division and Congolese Division, Flex Munwe.

In the women’s bantamweight, Nigerian sensation Jane Osigwe, who is looking for her second win and a place in the playoffs, will take on Beninosie grappler Jibidar Cythia.

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