Jimi Manuwa

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Jimi Manuwa
Jimi Manuwa.jpg
Born Babajimi Abiola Manuwa
(1980-02-18) 18 February 1980 (age 38)
Sacramento, California, United States[1]
Other names Poster Boy
Nationality British
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight (185–205 Ib)
Reach 79 12 in (202 cm)[3]
Style Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of London, England, UK
Team Allstars Training Center[4]
Lions Pride MMA
Keddles Gym
Nova Força UK
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo da Silva[5]
Years active 2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 17
By knockout 15
By submission 1
By decision 1
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Babajimi Abiola "Jimi" Manuwa (born 18 February 1980)[6] is an American-born English mixed martial artist who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of September 28 2017, he is #4 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Manuwa began training in mixed martial arts in 2007, following a weight lifting injury where he ruptured a chest muscle. He currently trains at Keddles Gym with Alan Keddle and Dino Miringou and at Nova Força BJJ with Ricardo da Silva.


Manuwa began fighting for UCMMA name in only his third professional fight, becoming the promotion's champion in his third fight under them. He successfully defended his title 5 times, more than any other champion in the company, past or present.

During this time period, Manuwa famously turned down a contract offer from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, feeling it wasn't the right time in his career to accept it. He did state that reaching the UFC was his "ultimate goal" in the future.[8] He was then offered to fight at the UFC 138 event, but also refused that one, citing that he hadn't competed since summer of 2010, and that "If he fought on the October card that would have been after a fifteen month layoff, which is not ideal under any circumstances. You do need to be fighting regularly to stay sharp..."[9]

He successfully defended his title for the fifth time at UCMMA 24: Hands of War, against Nick Chapman.[10]


After defending his title a record 5th time, Manuwa signed a four fight, exclusive contract with BAMMA. He made his debut at BAMMA 8.[11] He faced Frenchman Antony Rea and won the fight via TKO.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Having turning down a UFC contract a few years previously, Manuwa signed with the promotion in July 2012.

Manuwa made his UFC debut against TUF 8 contestant Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on Fuel TV 5, winning after 2 rounds by TKO due to doctor stoppage.[12] The stoppage was declared after Kingsbury's left eye had swollen shut.

For his second fight with the promotion, Manuwa faced Cyrille Diabaté on 16 February 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. Manuwa was declared the winner (TKO) after Diabaté was unable to continue after tearing a calf muscle near the end of the first round.[13]

Manuwa returned to face Ryan Jimmo on 26 October 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[14] For the second time in a row, Manuwa's opponent injured his leg during the fight and this resulted in a TKO victory for Manuwa.[15]

Manuwa faced Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 37 on 8 March 2014.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[17][18] Both participants were awarded a Fight of the Night bonus for the fight.[19]

Manuwa was expected to face Maurício Rua at UFC Fight Night 56 on 8 November 2014 in Brazil.[20] However, on 29 October, it was announced that Manuwa had pulled out of the fight due to an injury, and that Ovince St. Preux would replace him against Rua.[21]

After over a year away from the sport, Manuwa returned to face Jan Błachowicz on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64.[22] Manuwa won the fight via unanimous decision, going the distance for the first and only time in his MMA career.[23]

Manuwa faced Anthony Johnson on 5 September 2015 at UFC 191.[24] He lost the fight via knockout early in the second round.[25]

Manuwa was briefly linked to a matchup with Nikita Krylov on 27 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84.[26] However, Manuwa was scratched from the contest with an undisclosed injury in late December, causing the bout to be cancelled.[27]

Manuwa faced Ovince Saint Preux on 8 October 2016 at UFC 204.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[29][30]

Manuwa was briefly linked to a bout with Glover Teixeira at UFC 208.[31] However, the pairing was scrapped and Manuwa eventually faced Corey Anderson on 18 March 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 107.[32] Manuwa won the fight via knockout in the first round, after briefly dropping Anderson with a jab and then finishing him with a single left hook.[33] He was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[34]

Manuwa faced Volkan Oezdemir on 29 July 2017 at UFC 214. He lost the fight by knockout in the first round. [35]

Manuwa faced Jan Błachowicz in a rematch on 17 March 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127.[36] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[37] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Manuwa's parents are British citizens of Yoruba descent. He was born in California and spent his early years in Nigeria before settling in London at the age of 10. MTV UK did a documentary on MMA in the UK, with Manuwa, Jack Marshman and Cory Tait being filmed in the build-ups of their fights and the training and lifestyles involved.[39]

In 2014, Manuwa showed off his tattoos for PETA's anti-fur "Ink Not Mink" ad campaign.[40] Jimi was imprisoned for his role in a burglary ring in 2002. He was released in 2003.[41]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–4 Jan Błachowicz Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov 17 March 2018 3 5:00 London, England Fight of the Night.
Loss 17–3 Volkan Oezdemir KO (punches) UFC 214 29 July 2017 1 0:42 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 17–2 Corey Anderson KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson 18 March 2017 1 3:05 London, England Performance of the Night.
Win 16–2 Ovince Saint Preux KO (punch) UFC 204 8 October 2016 2 2:38 Manchester, England Performance of the Night.
Loss 15–2 Anthony Johnson KO (punches) UFC 191 5 September 2015 2 0:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–1 Jan Błachowicz Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 11 April 2015 3 5:00 Kraków, Poland
Loss 14–1 Alexander Gustafsson KO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa 8 March 2014 2 1:18 London, England Fight of the Night.
Win 14–0 Ryan Jimmo TKO (leg injury) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz 26 October 2013 2 4:41 Manchester, England
Win 13–0 Cyrille Diabaté TKO (leg injury) UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald 16 February 2013 1 5:00 London, England
Win 12–0 Kyle Kingsbury TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic 29 September 2012 2 5:00 Nottingham, England
Win 11–0 Antony Rea TKO (spinning back fist and elbows) BAMMA 8 10 December 2011 1 5:00 Nottingham, England
Win 10–0 Nick Chapman TKO (knees) UCMMA 24: Hands of War 22 October 2011 1 2:14 London, England Defended the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Valentino Petrescu KO (punch) UCMMA 14: Invincible 7 August 2010 1 3:08 London, England Defended the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 8–0 Reza Meldavian TKO (punches) UCMMA 12: Never Back Down 8 May 2010 1 3:19 London, England Defended the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Shaun Lomas TKO (punches) UCMMA 9: Fighting for Heroes 5 December 2009 1 3:58 London, England Defended the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Luke Blythe KO (punch) UCMMA 6: Payback 22 August 2009 2 4:22 London, England Defended the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Ryan Robinson TKO (punches) UCMMA 4: Relentless 9 May 2009 1 2:03 London, England Won the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Jamie Hearn Submission (guillotine choke) UCMMA 2: Unbreakable 7 February 2009 1 1:49 London, England
Win 3–0 Chris Greig TKO (punches) UCMMA 1: Unbreakable 6 December 2008 2 1:35 London, England
Win 2-0 Dave Rintoul TKO (punch) FX3 9 13 September 2008 1 3:10 Reading, England
Win 1–0 Tom King TKO (punches) FCFN 8 26 July 2008 1 4:25 Portsmouth, England

See also[edit]


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