Bellator’s Njokuani: I wouldn’t want my kids to fight

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bellator welterweight Chidi Njokuani appeared recently on MMAjunkie Radio and said that while he doesn’t regret his career, and that it has done a lot of good for him, if he had a child, he wouldn’t recommend fighting.

“I think about the boxers that are dying recently,” said Njokuani as transcribed by MMAjunkie. “It’s crazy to me. For instance, if I were to have a kid, if they were trying to get into fighting, I’d encourage them not to. But I’m not just going to go out and say it’s the worst thing to be doing. But I think about it a lot.”

“I see people in the gym getting dropped left and right. And it’s like, that can’t be good for them. It can’t be good, getting rocked, taking a little break and then jumping back into sparring. It goes through my mind a lot.

“At the same time, it helps me work on my defense, too. I’m constantly trying not to get hit. Not that I’m afraid of getting hit, I just know the damage that it can do to you.”

Njokuani fights former Bellator champion Andrey Koreshkov in the main event of Bellator 182 on August 25. The  American-Nigerian Muay Thai specialist is on a seven-fight wins streak.