Jimi ‘The Poster Boy’ Manuwa (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is in a strange place right now in the Light-Heavyweight division. Manuwa is on a tear, holding an undefeated record and finishing all his opponents. He’s also currently boasting a three-fight win streak in the UFC.
Unfortunately for Manuwa, his latest finish against Ryan Jimmo didn’t came the way ‘The Poster Boy’ may have wanted. In the second round of their UFC Fight Night 30 bout, Jimmo fell down to the ground clutching his leg in agony.
As Manuwa moved in for the finish, referee Neal Hall stepped in to wave off the contest, leaving Manuwa and the audience questioning what had just happened. It was all too familiar of an ending for Manuwa.
In his previous outing against Cyrille Diabate (19-9-1 MMA)(4-3 UFC)at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs McDonald, Manuwa found himself with anohter strange victory. Having fought a strong first round against the Frenchmen, Diabate, like Jimmo, had to drop out with a cleg injury.
His UFC debut also ended in similar fashion, but with more emphasis. Manuwa’s fight with Kyle Kingsbury (11-5-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was stopped due to a cut at the end of the second round. A win is still a win, but a TKO due to a injury doesn’t quite give you the momentum as a finish or even a decision will. When a fighter drops out to injury there’s always a question mark.
Manuwa is staying positive though. Speaking to Gareth A. Davies after the event, Manuwa said this when asked about potential opponents and when he would like to fight next.
“I’m looking at whoever they put me against” Manuwa replied ” I hear London’s on in March, I’m looking forward to that!”
Though he doesn’t have a fight booked currently, a high-profile bout in London may be just what ‘ The Poster Boy’ needs to send a message to the Light-Heavyweight division.