At age 39 it is going to be hard to fight somewhere near your age, but as Cyrille Diabate continues to win he will have to continue to face younger competition. Diabate usually has an advantage striking against most opponents, but it is doubtful he will have the advantage in power when facing Manuwa. Diabate is a tough test for anyone, because at 6’6″ and over 80 inches of reach you have to get on the inside to strike with the fighter properly nicknamed ‘The Snake.’ Riding a two fight win streak into this bout, Diabate will look to continue his winning ways.
Jimi Manuwa entered the UFC undefeated going 11-0 on the regional circuit in his home country of England. He has yet to fight out of the country, and will not buck that trend in this fight since UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place in London, England. Manuwa proved he was the real deal in his debut at an UFC on FUEL TV event in September. He took out Ultimate Fighter alum Kyle Kingsbury by turning his face into minced meet by the end of the second round. That was his 11 stoppage by TKO through 12 fights.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 as stated before takes place on February 16th in London, England. The bout with Diabate and Manuwa is the biggest on the card, as they weigh in at light-heavyweight on a card filled with fighters 155 or below. This is also the biggest card for the FUEL TV network since it is the first time it will air a title fight. Renan Barao is putting his interim Bantamweight title on the line when he face Michael McDonald in the main event.