Jimi Manuwa and Alexander Gustafsson booked for UFC’s return to London
Jimi Manuwa steps in for Lil Nog to face Alexander Gustafsson in London next year
Alexander Gustafsson has found a new dance partner for his octagon return and it will be none other than the undefeated Nigerian- English prospect Jimi Manuwa. UFC officials made the announcement this Tuesday, confirming that Manuwa will replace the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as Gustafsson’s opponent in the headline bout of the upcoming UFC card in London.
The 33 year old Manuwa just fought less than two weeks ago in UFC Fight Night 30 where he won by TKO (injury) against Ryan Jimmo. Manuwa is unbeaten in his MMA career, he has stopped all of his 14 opponents, 13 of them by KO and 1 by submission. Ironically, his three UFC wins ended in bizarre stoppages. Manuwa defeated Kyle Kingsbury via TKO due to doctor stoppage in his promotional debut. That fight was stopped after the second round due to the severe swelling in the eyes of Kingsbury. Manuwa would again win by unusual stoppage in his subsequent bout when his opponent, Cyrille Diabate was unable to continue after the first round of their fight due to a leg injury. In his last fight, Manuwa won by TKO over Ryan Jimmo, also by leg injury.
After that fight, Dana White promised to give Manuwa a big fight in the US for his next octagon appearance.The UFC president fulfilled his promise on Tuesday, giving Manuwa a lucrative fight against the former number 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson.
The card, which is set to take place in London by March of 2014, already have a fight booked aside from Gustafsson vs. Manuwa. Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard are also slated for their rematch following their controversial No Contest bout in UFC Fight Night 30.View Article Source »