Jimmo Back in Action Against Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 30

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Ryan Jimmo

Ryan Jimmo at UFC 161 (photo: Mike Fischl)

It’s not often a fighter would look to erase the memory of his most recent victory. Ryan Jimmo will aim to do just that after a lackluster decision victory over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 161 in Winnipeg. MMA Fighting first reported that Jimmo will meet unbeaten prospect Jimi Manuwa in a Light Heavyweight contest at UFC on Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England.

Jimmo, the former MFC Light Heavyweight champ who has long been known for his grind ’em out style, finally got his shot in the UFC after a compiling a 16-1 record with his only defeat coming in his pro debut. Jimmo made the most of the opportunity when he tied the UFC record with a seven second knockout over Aussie submission specialist Anthony Perosh at UFC 149. In his next bout against James te Huna, lightning almost struck twice however Jimmo was unable to capitalize on an early head kick knockdown and dropped a unanimous decision. The #1 ranked Canadian Light Heavyweight will have to put forth another entertaining effort if he hopes to continue up the UFC ladder.

Jimi Manuwa enters the bout in his home country with an ublemished record of 13-0 including twelve by way of KO or TKO. Manuwa quickly made a name for himself with a pair of stoppages over solid compition inside the Octagon defeating Cyrille Diabate and Kyle Kingsbury after both men were forced to bow out of their fights between rounds due to a leg injury and a badly swollen eye respectively. Manuwa entered the sport of mixed martial arts as a way to keep himself out of trouble following a stinit in prison due to his involvement in a burglary ring.

UFC Fight Night 30 will be headlined by Middleweights Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz who will go head to head in the main event as well as a Lightweight contest between Melvin Guillard and TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson. UFC Fight Night 30 will air live and free in Canada on Sportsnet 360.

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