Jimi Manuwa and Aleksandar Rakic faced each other in a Light Heavyweight clash earlier today (Saturday, June 1, 2019) inside the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, only on ESPN+.
This one didn’t last long.
Manuwa opened the contest with a hard low kick, and Rakic returned the favor with a crushing outside low kick of his own. Manuwa whiffed on a massive looking left hook. The two feinted at each other. Suddenly, it was all over, as Rakic exploded into an uppercut — a punch that Manuwa historically fails to see coming — and followed it up with a left high kick. The kick slammed into Manuwa’s jaw, knocking him out in a single blow just 47 seconds into the fight.
It took twice that time for Manuwa to regain consciousness.
There’s not much to discuss here; Rakic kicks and punches with a dangerous ferocity. He’s now the latest Light Heavyweight to quickly climb from unranked to top 10; perhaps there’s hope for the 205 lbs. division yet.
Results: Aleksandar Rakic defeats Jimi Manuwa via first-round knockout (head kick)
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