A fantastic light heavyweight bout takes place this weekend between Jimi Manuwa and Ryan Jimmo. Both have knockout power in their hands, so this fight could end violently very quickly. The winner of this bout sets themselves up for bigger things in the division, and the loser takes a serious hit in their rankings.
Manuwa has showcased some elite striking skills, and he sports an overall record of 13-0. To date, he has finished 12 of his 13 opponents off by way of TKO or KO, which is a testament to the type of striking and power that he possesses. His latest victory was over Cyrille Diabate, where he was able to get the TKO in the first round. He will be looking to keep the fight standing with Jimmo, so it should be an exciting one for the fans.
Jimmo is coming into this bout off a much-needed win over Igor Pokrajac. Jimmo has power in his hands, which was clear in his bout with Anthony Perosh, a bout that ended in seven seconds. All Jimmo needs is one punch, and he is fairly good at pressuring his opponents to the cage, forcing them to expend a lot of energy.
An X-factor for Jimmo in this bout is his wrestling and grappling, which are Manuwa’s weakest attributes. He has a great chance at dragging Manuwa down to the ground and grappling with him for three straight rounds, which would be the safest path to victory. It should be an exciting light heavyweight bout from start to finish, and the winner has the chance to make a big statement in the division.