Jimi Manuwa showed just why he's one of the hottest prospects outside of the big show on Saturday night (Oct. 22, 2011) with an emphatic first round victory over previously undefeated Nick Chapman at Cage Rage UK 24 from the Troxy in London, England.
This victory marked Manuwa's fifth straight defense of his light heavyweight gold and was easily one of his most impressive performances.
Nick Chapman failed to secure the takedown early on and soon found himself in the clinch, eating knees from every possible angle. Each shot seemed to find a home but one to the head opened up a huge cut on the challenger's forehead which gave the referee Grant Waterman little choice but to call a halt to proceedings.
Manuwa's star seems to be rising at a truly meteoric rate and another call from the UFC seems to be a formality at this point.
In the co-main event of the evening Polish wrecking machine Tomasz Czerwinski obliterated Ian Hawkins with a series of clubbing hooks. Hawkins showed phenomenal toughness but Tomasz turned on the power against the cage and landed two uppercuts and a huge standing hammerfist to force the stoppage.
American Top Team's Michael Pastou showed crushing top control as he outwrestled Dominic Plumb for three rounds to take home a deserved decision. The much larger looking Pastou used a variety of great takedowns and ground and pound to earn the nod over a very tough opponent.
Bola Omoyele took just a little over forty seconds to dispose of Lee Doski with a colossal knee from the clinch and TUF9 qualifier Tommy Maguire racked up another good win with a second round Kimura over Joe Holder.
In the opening bout of the main card American Top Team's Luke Newman choked out boxing champion Andy Cona in a little over a minute of the first round.
Cage Rage UK 24 will be broadcast on UK cable channel Sky Sports this Wednesday evening and is also available to watch at GFL.TV by clicking here.
Complete Cage Rage 24 results:
Jimi Manuwa def. Nick Chapman via TKO (Knees) - Round 1, 2:14
Tomasz Czerwinski def. Ian Hawkins via TKO (Punches) - Round 1, 1:25
Michael Pastou def. Dominic Plumb via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) - Round 3, 5:00
Bola Omoyele def. Lee Doski via TKO (Knee) - Round 1, 0:42
Tommy Maguire def. Joe Holder via Submission (Kimura) - Round 2, 3:06
Luke Newman def. Andy Cona via Submission (Rear naked choke) - Round 1, 1:17
Shane Fourie def. Rafik Benziada via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) - Round 1, 5:00
Dan Shortman def. Mark Carling via Disqualification (Illegal strikes) - Round 1, 2:03
Ben Callum def. Jason Radcliffe via TKO (Punches) - Round 1, 0:56
Amil Smith def. Jody Cottham via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Max Nunes def. Grant Murray via Technical Submission (Rear naked choke) - Round 1, 2:12
Steven Stanley def. Huseyin Garabet via Submission (Armbar) - Round 3, 1:01
Eddie Kone def. Peter Waterhouse via Techical Submission (Triangle choke) - Round 1, 1:57