It may not be a rocket-powered rise to the top of the 205-pound
division, but let there be no question: Jimi Manuwa
is on the move.
While many were quick to critique the UFC's choice to headline an
O2 Arena show in London with a Manuwa-Corey
Anderson main event -- and in fairness, they were not really
wrong -- “Poster Boy” came through in the clutch for his hometown
faithful, landing a nasty lead left hook that turned “The Ultimate
Fighter” winner into dust in just over three minutes.
The win was Manuwa's third in his last four bouts, having already
taken victories over legitimate competition in Jan
Blachowicz and Ovince St.
Preux. With his latest knockout, Manuwa moves from seventh to
sixth in the Sherdog.com light heavyweight rankings.
On a relatively lean weekend, there were not too many other movers
and shakers, but that does not mean that the game was devoid of
activity entirely. This edition of our rankings also sees Bulgarian
former bubble lister Blagoy
Ivanov slipping back into our contenders rankings at
heavyweight. In addition, British welterweight Leon
Edwards joins the 170-pound perimeter just outside of the top
10 courtesy of his fantastic win over Vicente
Luque on Feb. 18.