Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight contenders Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson clashed last night (March 18, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 107 inside The 02 Arena in London, England.
Coming off the single biggest win of his career, there was a lot on the line for Jimi Manuwa last night. If Manuwa could score another big knockout, there was a real chance he could find himself competing for the belt soon. Anderson has been remarkably consistent despite his inexperience. He hadn’t yet scored the signature win necessary to move into the title mix, but Anderson had the chance to change that in his first main event slot.
Manuwa controlled the center of the Octagon to start the fight, watching his opponent circle and move while occasionally snapping out a jab. From the outside, Anderson stayed active with long strikes and blended strikes with takedown attempts.
For much of the round, Manuwa was patient and composed, allowing his opponent to work. In fact, he seemed a bit too patient, as Anderson was scoring decent shots with little response. Then, Manuwa caught Anderson with his back to the fence, pressured him with feints, and put him to sleep instantly with a single left hook (see it again here).
What is there to say really? Manuwa absolutely melted his opponent with the first clean power punch he landed. Manuwa showed little fear of his opponent’s takedown attempts or punches, and he was able to walk through that offense and find a home for the knockout blow.
It was pretty much perfect.
Manuwa called for a title shot, and he deserves it, coming off back-to-back brutal knockout wins. If for some reason — AKA injuries — that fight doesn’t materialize, a match with Jon Jones when he finally returns would also make sense.
Either way, it should be fireworks.
As for Anderson, his technique on the feet looked better than ever. He was using his range well and blending takedowns into punches off the break, helping him score some points and set up his takedowns. Unfortunately for the prospect, his movement became a bit predictable when stuck on the fence. He seemed to panic a bit, causing him to circle left without any misdirection or head movement. The left hook is Manuwa’s money punch, and Anderson walked right into it.
Anderson still has a great future in the sport, but he’ll need to take some time to recover and improve following this defeat.
Last night at UFC Fight Night 107, Jimi Manuwa brutally knocked out his foe. Can the Englishman capture the title?
For complete UFC Fight Night 107: “Manuwa vs Anderson” results and play-by-play, click HERE!