Former Lenoir-Rhyne linebacker Impa Kasanganay defeated Anthony Adams by unanimous decision on Tuesday night in Dana White’s UFC Contender Series on ESPN +. With the win, Kasanganay earned a UFC contract and his first fight will come on August 22 against Maki Pitolo.
Kasanganay played for two seasons at linebacker for the Bears from 2015-16 and played in 14 games. The Charlotte, N.C. native recorded 18 total tackles before setting his sights on a career in mixed martial arts.
Kasanganay owns a 7-0 record and spoke with reporters following his fight about the quick turnaround time between matchups.
“I’m always ready to go,” Kasanganay told reporters. “If you look at my pro debut here, I had two fights in March. I fought six times within eight months. I love to fight. I love to stay active, and this is what I do. It’s not something new to me, it’s not something to my team. I’ll be back in practice this week and make the adjustments we need to make, so come this next fight we’ll be ready to fight after that.”