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UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester adds three bouts Manuwa vs Jimmo, Lineker vs Harris and Njokuani vs Taylor

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Now here are three fights to get excited about!

The upcoming (Oct. 26, 2013) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz event in Manchester, England, just keeps getting better and better.

Look no further than the trio of highly intriguing bouts that were added to the card earlier today (via MMA Fighting) as light heavyweights Jimi Manuwa vs Ryan Jimmo, flyweights John Lineker vs Phil Harris and lightweights Anthony Njokuani vs Paul Taylor helped fill out the upcoming October event at the Phones 4u Arena.

Manuwa (13-0) is one of the UFC's top rising light heavyweight prospects. "The Poster Boy" has quickly made a name for himself, scoring two stoppage victories over veterans Kyle Kingsbury and Cyrille Diabate since debuting with the promotion in late 2012.

Jimmo (18-2) has shown flashes of brilliance since debuting with UFC last summer, scoring one of the fastest knockouts in promotion history over Anthony Perosh and severely hurting recent opponents James Te Huna and Igor Pokrajac, but he hasn't been quite able to put it all together just yet. He'll certainly be pushed by Manuwa.

The winner of this bout has a very good chance at sneaking into the top 10 in the division.

Lineker (22-6) didn't have the most successful UFC debut, but he's more than made up for it with three straight impressive showings inside the Octagon. His current three fight win streak is actually the longest in the division by anyone other than champion Demetrious Johnson. If he can prove he can make weight against Harris and put on another strong performance, he could be next in line.

Harris (22-10 1 NC) has been a staple of the UK's flyweight and bantamweight divisions over the last 10 years. He finally made his promotional debut last year but was outgrappled by Darren Uyenoyama. He bounced back with strong showing against Ulysses Gomez and is hoping a victory over someone as highly touted as Lineker will put him right in the mix of top contenders.

This bout was originally supposed to take place at UFC 163 last weekend, but an injury to Harris forced him out of the fight. Hopefully it all goes down without a hitch now that it's been rescheduled.

Last but not least, let's get to the lightweights.

Njokuani (16-7 1 NC) has long been considered one of the most entertaining and powerful strikers in the 155 pound division. Despite his very entertaining style, "The Assassin" has yet to fully put it all together, trading wins and losses throughout his UFC career. He's hoping to change all that against Taylor.

Taylor (11-6-1 1 NC) has perhaps the worst injury track record in UFC history. The "Relentless" UK striker has not fought since 2011 despite having been scheduled to fight on three separate occasions. Everything from broken feet to car accidents have kept him from competing.

This will be the third time this Njokuani-Taylor fight has been scheduled and hopefully the third time is the charm.

UFC Fight Night 30 features a main event between top middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz. Stay turned to for all the latest updates on the upcoming fight card.