Calgarian Hakeem Dawodu—who signed a four-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in November—will fight Austin Arnett.
This will be Dawodu’s second UFC fight. Dawodu started out as a professional Muay Thai fighter when he joined CHAMPION’S CREED.
CHAMPION’S CREED is a gym in Calgary founded by Brian Bird that has now sent two fighters to UFC matches, the last one being Nick Ring in 2012.
“Champion's Creed is one of the top gyms in Alberta for developing fighters,” says Bird. "We are the only gym in Calgary to coach, produce, and sign two UFC fighters.” As Dawodu's coach, Bird has been by Dawodu’s side from the beginning of his professional MMA training and has cornered him in every MMA fight.
Dawodu’s story is an inspiring one. Born in Calgary to a 14-year-old mother from Nigeria and a father from Jamaica, Dawodu had a troubled childhood during which his father was deported when he was just 6 years old, leaving his mother to raise him alone.
When he was 14 years old, he was put into a juvenile detention center for the first time. And at age 16, his counsellor agreed to register him in Muay Thai training as an outlet for his aggression rather than anger management classes—putting him on the path to MMA success.
Champion's Creed is enthusiastically promoted by Calgary-based SPARTAN SPARK, a company with 17 years of guerrilla-style marketing under their belts.
That experience, combined with their innovative software, gets kickass results. Like a Master Chef, they’ve figured out which recipes work to cook that juicy steak on the barbecue (sorry, vegans!) or make those deadly delicious cupcakes.