Kyle Kingsbury took a beating early at the hands and feet of Octagon newcomer Jimi Manuwa at UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic," which took place earlier today at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
It was so bad, in fact, that by the time "Kingsbu" somehow managed to come out for the second round, he was fighting with a broken face (see the pic here). That's right, Manuwa -- who was actually a body builder before turning to mixed martial arts (MMA) several years ago -- was hurling bone-breaking strikes that most likely would have stopped large livestock.
But, not the hulking 6'4" Kingsbury, who took a lickin' and kept on tickin.' The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)-trained fighter would have even come out for a third and final round had the ringside physician not rightfully called a halt to the 205-pound battle.
Kingsbury shares via Twitter:
"Good stoppage.... Although I wanted a 3rd round, MRI just confirmed multiple fractures above the eye and nose."
Good stoppage, indeed.
Manuwa infamously turned down two separate offers to compete for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), revealing later (when he did ink a deal) that he wanted to be certain that he was ready for the big show. If his powerful performance this afternoon is any indication, it's pretty safe to say that the rest of the Light Heavyweight division could be hurting real soon.
That Jimi Manuwa is no joke. And, apparently, neither is the grit and grizzle of Kyle Kingsbury. Expect him to be sidelined for many months much like Josh Koscheck was after Georges St. Pierre broke his face.
To check out the blow-by-blow account of Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jimi Manuwa be sure to check out our UFC on FUEL TV 5 live blog and results thread right here. To check out our recap of the "Struve vs. Miocic" under card "Prelims" bouts on Facebook click here.