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Israel Adesanya, David Onama and three other fighters who should feature on UFC Africa

With the UFC expected to expand into Africa in the near future, we take a look at five MMA fighters who should feature on a possible future show in the continent.

When asked by journalists whether the UFC would finally break ground on an event in Africa, Dana White was crystal clear in his response. 

The UFC President said: "We absolutely will, Africa is very, very on my radar".
Africa has always been the nut the UFC has never quite managed to crack, but with South African duo Dricus Du Plessis and Cameron Saaiman claiming wins at UFC 285, an event in Africa looks even more likely.
Here, we take a look at five fighters who should appear at UFC Africa.

5) Sodiq Yusuff

A slick striker hailing from Nigeria, "Super" Sodiq Yusuff was at one time the uber prospect that no one could stop talking about.
Gaining a UFC contract via Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, Yusuff began his UFC career with four straight victories over the likes of Gabriel Benitez and Andre Fili before running into another uber prospect in Arnold Allen and suffering a unanimous decision loss.
Since then, he has rebounded with two more wins and will be looking for a top 10 dance partner to share the cage with.
In a featherweight division with no clear title fight past belt unification, a signature performance on a breakout event in front of a roaring crowd could be just the push Yusuff needs to insert himself into the title picture.

4) Slim Trabelsi

A training partner of former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane, Tunisia's Slim Trabelsi was due to make his UFC debut against Parker Porter at UFC 280 before issues with his release from French based MMA promotion ARES FC reared their head.
Its unsurprising that ARES were reluctant to let him go considering Trabelsi is their heavyweight champion with a record of 5-0 and his wrestling is good enough to rival anyone in bigger promotions.
Represented by ARES chairman Fernand Lopez (who is also his trainer) Trabelsi's contract was going to be bought out by MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz, however the amount to be paid could not be agreed upon.
This has left Lopez saying he is Trabelsi's rightful representative and can keep him with ARES for the remainder of his contract.
Abdelaziz claimed the contract is akin to "slavery" and that the position Lopez has put Trabelsi in violates the French code of sport.
If his representation and contract can be sorted out, then Trabelsi would be an excellent edition to the UFC heavyweight roster and debuting him in Africa would be a masterstroke from Dana White and the UFC brass.

3) David Onama

A finishing machine with power in both hands, Uganda's David Onama is an all action fighter who always brings excitement - proven by all ten of his career victories which have come by stoppage.
Onama's 10-2 MMA record has been fought at lightweight and featherweight.
After making his UFC debut on short notice against Mason Jones in a fight that didn't go his way, he rebounded with one of the best finishes of the year as he stopped Gabriel Benitez with a standing TKO.
Onama always brings a great performance no matter who he fights, despite his UFC career alternating wins and losses.
He has never been outclassed inside the cage and forces a terrific pace on anyone who steps into the cage with him.
A potential matchup with fellow featherweight warrior Charles Jourdain would be guaranteed to get the crowd off their feet and bringing the perfect atmosphere to UFC Africa.

2) Abdul Razak Alhassan

Ghana's Abdul Razak Alhassan is one of the hardest punchers in the UFC today.
Standing at 5'10" with a 73" reach, the man known as "Judo Thunder" is a merciless finisher who makes any UFC card a must see.
Making his debut in Northern Ireland back in 2016, it took Alhassan just 53 seconds to dispatch a wildly overmatched Charlie Ward by a brutal first round TKO.
Following that was a disappointing loss to Omari Akhmedov but he righted the mistakes made in that fight by finishing his next three fights all by brutal first round knockout.
Alhassan has only been finished once in his career by the equally powerful Khaos Williams, with all 12 of his wins coming via stoppage.
The potential that a fight could end at any moment is what attracts a lot of fans to MMA and the power that Alhassan possesses makes that fight ending sequence all the more likely.
A fight with crafty veteran Eryk Anders would blow the roof off any arena that hosted it.
Anders is a fearless slugger whose wars with the likes of Khalil Rountree and Thiago Santos are forever ingrained in the hearts of fight fans.
Alhassan vs Anders would be pure and sweet violence, and a sensational fight to have on the UFC's African debut.

1) Israel Adesanya

Could it really have been anybody else? With new stars emerging such as the aforementioned Saaiman and Du Plessis, lest we not forget the man who was once king of the jungle.
Adesanya is one of the finest strikers to step through the cage doors, a veteran of GLORY Kickboxing and Wu Lin Feng, he fought some of the most dangerous men in kickboxing before his transition into full time MMA.
His perfect run to the UFC middleweight title was sublime, securing five post fight bonuses during his six fight run to the belt, then he dispatched champion Robert Whittaker with ease to claim the title he was hellbent on securing.
Adesanya was a supremely active champion and barring a one fight excursion to light-heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz, he always took on the number one contender for the division.
It was that path which ultimately led him into the path of old kickboxing rival Alex Pereira who stopped Adesanya in the final round of their back and forth title contest.
This left the UFC with a brand new champion and little idea of what to do with Adesanya.
During the previous talks of a UFC Africa card, he was the first name mentioned, but with his stock falling after his loss no one seems to know what to do with him especially if he loses his rematch to Pereira.
The answer to me is simple. A headlining spot and all African bout vs Dricus Du Plessis would draw crowds from Africa and eyes from around the world.
Du Plessis is an unorthodox striker who is always willing to engage, the perfect opponent for Adesanya's counter striking, meaning that if these two men were to fight in Africa then not only would the roof come off the venue, but someone will wake up seeing stars.

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