Well, that was easy.
In what was a virtual whitewash of Jimi Manuwa (fight recap here), conducted by former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight top contender Anthony Johnson at the UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sat. Sept. 5, 2015), the latter cemented his place as the division's No. 2 combatant next to titleholder Daniel Cormier.
Both Johnson and Manuwa came in hoping to inch closer towards a shot at "DC." While "Rumble" previously fell to the former Olympic wrestler back at UFC 187, however, with his performance tonight, I have a feeling they will be fighting sooner rather than later.
Right out of the gate, it quickly became apparent that "Poster Boy" had no answer for the hands of Johnson. "Rumble" knocked the Brit down early with a huge right hand, but was unable to find the finish.
Instead, the 31-year-old took his time, grounding Manuwa via his wrestling, straddling him for a few minutes, while never giving the him space to breath.
There wasn't much fight left in Manuwa heading into the second frame, who wilted against the taller, stronger fighter in Johnson. The Blackzilian fighter rocked him yet again with a right, this time for good.
Johnson landed a few more shots for good measure before the referee separated the pair.
He put on a performance that was very Cormier-esque and if he can become a more well-rounded fighter then he will be a danger to the entire 205-pound division.
Johnson improves his mixed martial arts (MMA) record to 20-5, 10-5 UFC. Manuwa drops to 15-2, 4-2 UFC.