The last time we saw Anthony Njokuani, he was knocking out Chris Horodecki, who had unwisely turned his back to the tall, lanky WEC lightweight. That TKO won Njokuani a knockout of the night bonus and a spot on the WEC's first pay-per-view against Shane Roller on Saturday.
Njokuani is used to getting those bonuses. He is 3-1 in the WEC. All three wins come by knockout, and each of those knockouts have earned KO of the night. What does Njokuani do with that extra cash?
"The only special thing I've done with them is paid the bills. Trying to save and take care of my mom," Njokuani told Cagewriter. He said that one of the problems in holding onto the money is the publicity that comes with the $10,000 bonuses. "Everyone knows about it, so you can't hide that. It's like trying to hide a cookie from a fat man. Can't do it."
In his bout with Roller, Njokuani will be working for more than another bonus. With a win, he is hoping he's earned a shot at the WEC lightweight title.
"I think it should put me in title contention, and I'm looking forward to that. But [Shane] is a tough opponent."
Roller's wrestling pedigree is one of the best in the WEC. He was an All-American at Oklahoma State, and was part of one of the powerhouse's most dominant teams. To get ready for that, Njokuani focused on takedown defense.
"He's a really strong wrestler. I've been working with a lot of D-I wrestlers, working on my takedown defense. Working on my movements, mostly focused on timing."
But that doesn't mean he's turned his back on the skills that earned him three straight wins.
"It's going to be the same game as always. I'm going to try to use my reach, and take advantage of my takedown defense."