Dana White signed a raw MMA novice because he reminded him of a young Mike Tyson and 'scared the s---' out of the UFC boss

Photos by ESPN MMA / Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLCDana White said he was scared seeing Tafon Nchukwi win by knockout.
  • The UFC boss Dana White got scared Tuesday night.
  • As he told reporters, he was scared because he had just witnessed one of the most frightening knockouts of his life – a second-round head kick delivered by an MMA novice from Cameroon.
  • The 25-year-old heavyweight Tafon Nchukwi, who has been fighting professionally for only a year, impressed White so much he signed him to the UFC in an instant.
  • White said Nchukwi reminded him of a young Mike Tyson.
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Dana White signed a raw MMA novice to the UFC because he reminded him of a young Mike Tyson.

Tafon Nchukwi, a 25-year-old heavyweight, was one of 10 athletes competing on the sixth week of the fourth season of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” a show designed to funnel talent into the UFC.

Nchukwi fought in the main event Tuesday, defeating a far more experienced athlete in Al Matavao, who had 10 career bouts behind him.

The Cameroonian’s frightening ability to finish opponents outweighed Matavao’s time in the cage as Nchukwi scored another knockout win, winning by head kick in the second round.

Nchukwi’s power even struck fear into White, the UFC boss, who was sitting Octagonside at the time and later said the young athlete had Tyson-esque qualities.

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“This guy reminds me of a Tyson-type figure,” White told reporters after the event.

“Physically, visually, and obviously with his fighting style,” he said. “He’s 4-0 and with four knockouts. I didn’t see the first three, but the last one was one of the most vicious knockouts I have ever seen.”

To ESPN, White added: “I don’t know what more you could look for in a guy who is going to be a professional fighter.

“This guy is mean, aggressive, [has] unbelievable power, and cardio to back it up. The thing that scares me is he’s 4-0 — he doesn’t have a lot of experience.

“He fought a guy tonight who has 10 fights. Normally, I would take a guy like this and put him in a developmental program, but he scared the s— out of me tonight, and I’m going to bring him into the UFC.”

Nchukwi is one of 23 new talents to sign UFC contracts after impressing on this year’s “Contender Series,” ESPN said.

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