Jimi Manuwa
Poster Boy
Next fight booked
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 4, 2019
Manuwa will take on Aleksander Rakic in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Stockholm on June 1.
Manuwa has now lost three fights in a row against several of the division's top contenders, so he'll take a step back and square off with a 27-year-old prospect that hasn't lost since his very first professional fight in 2011. Rakic is 3-0 under the UFC banner, with victories over Francimar Barroso, Justin Ledet and Devin Clark. None of those opponents are anywhere near the title picture, and Manuwa will represent the toughest test to date for the Austria native. While Rakic has a fight with three takedowns, it's more likely this one is played out on the feet, with both men sporting strong striking numbers. Manuwa will enter with a slight reach advantage, while Rakic is three inches taller.
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Finally falls to Thiago Santos in classic bout
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 8, 2018
Manuwa lost to Thiago Santos via KO (punches) at 0:41 of Round 2 at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto.
Manuwa deserves some credit despite the loss. He ate probably two dozen shots from Santos that would have finished any mere mortal and he landed more than his own fair share of damaging blows. Ultimately however, as has been the case in the past, Manuwa's chin didn't hold up. While he is entertaining as all heck, Manuwa is a one-dimensional power puncher who is terrible defensively. A loser of three straight fights and set to turn 39 years old in February, it is likely to only get worse for Manuwa moving forward.
Draws Thiago Santos at UFC 231
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 1, 2018
Manuwa will fight Thaigo Santosa in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 231 on December 8.
Manuwa was scheduled to fight Thaigo Santos at UFC Sao Paulo in September, but was forced to pull out after suffering a torn hamstring. With another two months on the shelf, Manuwa will presumably be recovered and ready for a spot on the pay-per-view card. Manuwa will enter this fight with height and reach advantages over the former middleweight fighter, but momentum lands on the side of Santos. Manuwa is coming off consecutive losses, and landed just 37 significant strikes in his last fight -- a unanimous decision loss to Jan Blachowicz. Santos, on the other hand, finished Eryk Anders in the makeshift Sao Paulo main event, giving him two consecutive victories.
Pulls out of UFC Sao Paulo
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 17, 2018
Manuwa withdrew from his Sept. 22 matchup with Thiago Santos at UFC Sao Paulo after recently suffering a torn hamstring, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Eryk Anders was added to the card and will fill in for Manuwa in the headline fight, marking the second time the UFC has had to adjust the main event after Santos was previously added as a replacement for the injured Glover Teixeira (shoulder). According to Helwani, Manuwa sustained the hamstring injury while going for a run shortly after he landed in Brazil in advance of the fight. Manuwa is expected to need six weeks to make a full recovery from the injury, leaving the door open for a potential return to the Octagon before the end of 2018.
Gets new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 17, 2018
Manuwa will now fight Thiago Santos in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, Chamatkar Sandhu of ESPN reports.
Manuwa was originally scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira, but was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injured shoulder. The replacement, Santos, has won five of his last six fights dating back to January 2017, with his only setback being a TKO loss to David Branch in April. Manuwa and Santos are both strikers by nature, which should result in an exciting main event from the middleweight division. The two have a combined 27 career KO/TKO victories, leaving the matchup with a high chance of ending before the final bell.
In search of new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 14, 2018
Manuwa will be looking for a new opponent at UFC Sau Paulo on Sept. 22 after his expected challenger Glover Teixeira pulled out with an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The 38-year-old was looking to snap a two-fight losing streak against another seasoned veteran in Teixeira, but will now have to look elsewhere for his bounce-back effort. Despite the pair of recent losses, Manuwa owns a 17-4 career record and is an exciting knockout specialist when he's in the Octagon. 15 of Manuwa's 17 victories have been finished by knockout.