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Jimi Manuwa retires from UFC following KO loss in Stockholm

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I came to London from Nigeria when i was 10 yrs old in 1990. I grew up in south London and had crazy teenage years filled with fights and life lessons. In 2006 i was 26 years old and i discovered the ufc while flicking through the sports channels late at night , it immediately captured me , the likes of rampage jackson, tito ortiz , randy couture , shogun were my favourite fighters and i became a fan instantly. i’d never set foot in any martial arts gym in my life and neither didn’t have any plans to. In 2008 i was 28 years old and i said to myself that i’m gonna fight for the ufc. i got off my sofa and started training muay thai and bjj , i had no martial arts experience but i was a tough cunt from south london. Martial arts immediately put more structure and discipline into my crazy life and helped me become a much better person than i was previously. I had my first pro fight after 2 weeks training and i won. within the first 2 years i was uk number 1, but the goal was to fight for the ufc. I won all my fights by ko and in 2012 i accepted a ufc contract after turning them down twice with an 11-0 record all knockouts. Ive had a great martial arts career and the last 4 fights have been tough losses to take not only for myself but for my family who is always first, ive given out a mostly knockouts and taken a few myself , that’s my fan loving style but it takes a toll on the body especially concussions which are not visible to the eye i’ve met a lot of great people along the way and travelled the world but it’s time to leave this chapter and on to the next one because there’s a life after fighting and i feel it’s my obligation to give more to combat sports which i love dearly outside of fighting. Thank you @danawhite and the @ufc for letting me showcase my skills and thank you to all my coaches and training partners who have helped and taught me along the way , much love to the fans and last but not least much love to my dear family who together we made this dream a reality. Jimi POSTERBOY Manuwa PB1 ... stay tuned

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will say goodbye to yet another power-punching light heavyweight in the form of Jimi Manuwa, as the brick-fisted Brit recently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) by way of social media.

This probably doesn’t come a surprise to most combat esports fans, as Manuwa turned 39 back in February and is coming off four straight losses, three of them via knockout, and despite being ranked as high as No. 3 in the wold, “Poster Boy” recently dropped out of the Top 10.

“I’ve had a great martial arts career and the last four fights have been tough losses to take not only for myself but for my family who is always first,” Manuwa wrote on Instagram. “I’ve given out mostly knockouts and taken a few myself, that’s my fan loving style but it takes a toll on the body especially concussions, which are not visible to the eye.”

“I’ve met a lot of great people along the way and travelled the world but it’s time to leave this chapter and on to the next one because there’s a life after fighting and I feel it’s my obligation to give more to combat sports which I love dearly outside of fighting,” he continued. “Thank you Dana White and UFC for letting me showcase my skills and thank you to all my coaches and training partners who have helped and taught me along the way, much love to the fans and last but not least much love to my dear family who together we made this dream a reality.”

Manuwa was hoping to get his career back on track in the UFC Stockholm co-main event last weekend on ESPN+; however, the unranked Aleksandar Rakic put him out to pasture in just 42 seconds (see it again here).

With his longtime friend, Alexander Gustafsson, also calling it quits after coming up empty in Stockholm (more on that here), the 205-pound rankings are going to experience a major shake up when the charts are updated later this week.