There is no shortage of British fighters set to compete at UFC Fight Night 30 tomorrow in Manchester, for obvious reasons, and one them is the light-heavyweight Jimi Manuwa. Not only has Manuwa gone undefeated in 13 pro bouts to date, but “Poster Boy” has recorded TKOs or knockouts in 12 of them. Not too shabby.
So, as a result of his impressive run and back-to-back wins in the UFC, Manuwa has been tapped to fight veteran Ryan Jimmo on the main card. “Big Deal” has gone 2-1 thus far in the Octagon, and while he bombed out Anthony Perosh in just 7 seconds last July, four of his last five fights have gone to decision. Perhaps this is why Manuwa relayed the following about his fight with the accomplished Karate competitor tomorrow:
“I’m an exciting fighter, and I’ll put on an exciting fight, as usual,” Manuwa told MMA Junkie.com Radio. “If I start getting bored with his hugging, then I might just decide to switch his lights off.”
“He could try to take me down,” Manuwa said. “He can try and punch me. I’ve got everything. We can play jiu-jitsu. We can play wrestling. We can play boxing. We can play kickboxing. We can do whatever he wants. I’ll be imposing my will on the day, as usual. I might decide to take him down if I feel like it.”
It’s an interesting fight, and an important one for both men as well. If Manuwa can move to 3-0 in the Octagon then a fight with a top ten ranked middleweight might not be too far off.
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