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‘Poster Boy’ promises ‘carnage’ in UFC debut

FEARSOME: Manuwa

THE WORLD’S premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation returns to these shores on September 29 and one of Britain’s most formidable fighters is chomping at the bit to enter the octagon.

Making his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, light-heavyweight Jimi Manuwa has dominated the domestic scene since first competing in 2008 and has compiled a 100 per cent record of 11 wins (10 K.Os one submission); earning him a reputation as a fearsome striker.

Nicknamed ‘The Poster Boy’, the 32-year-old Londoner declared that his opponent Kyle Kingsbury can expect to feel that power in front of a home crowd at the Capital FM Arena.

Manuwa told the Voice of Sport: “He can expect carnage to come his way and so do all of my opponents. I don’t hide in my fights and I bring new stuff to my game every time. I’ve been training for four years so every time I fight I’ve got something new.

“I’m not the same fighter that I was in my last fight. We’ve been working on a lot of stuff since my last fight. All my weaknesses have become my strengths. I’m good in all areas now.

“They [the spectators] can expect to see a true finisher.”


ATTRIBUTES: The Londoner in action

The 14.6 stone division in the UFC is stacked full of talent but Manuwa believes that he possesses the attributes to compete with the best light-heavyweights around.

“You can see from my fights that I bring a lot to the table. I’m a finisher and my fights don’t go the distance,” he said. “But then again all fighters in the UFC are all monsters.

“That’s why they’re in the UFC; the top organisation in the world. I feel that that’s where I belong and I’m going to bring a lot of excitement to the light-heavyweight division and I can’t wait to get in the mix.

“Obviously the champion Jon Jones is a very good fighter. I’ve watched his fights and I’m very impressed by his skills. But I’m not in aura of anyone.”

He added: “My last fight was in Nottingham at the BAMMA (British Association of Mixed Martial Arts) show [in December]. It was a great crowd and I’m sure it’s going to be an even greater crowd at the UFC.”

Jimi will be competing at UFC: Nottingham at the Capital FM Arena on 29th September. Tickets are available from UFC.com

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