Another great night of fights have ended when knockout artist Jimi Manuwa faced off against The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner Corey Anderson in London, England. With that said I break down the fights and explain what has happened in The Old Smoke at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson:
As predicted, the fight between Arnold Allen and Makwan Amirkhani was an extremely close contest. Allen was more superior on the feet, however, and was able to secure some crucial takedowns at significant ties during the fight. Almighty has shown great improvements from his last fights especially in his defense. Amirkhani let himself be swept to many times when he shot for his takedowns and missed a lot of his strikes on the feet. Mr. Finland should not be discouraged by this loss however as it was a tight matchup. He should just learn from this fight and continue to progress as a fighter. Both fighters shoul be happy with their performances.
Brad Pickett showed why he was a legend in British MMA. He came out swinging bombs that stunned Marlon Vera everytime he hit him. His takedown accuracy was on point as he was able to change levels almost instantaneously. I believed that Vera was going to be able to secure a submission in the fight but he never even attempted a takedown. It looked like the hometown hero, Pickett, was going to end his career with a decision win when the final round came. Chito instead showed why he kept the fight on the feet when he landed a perfect high kick that dropped One Punch and followed it up with a few unanswered shots to spoil the night for the British. I knew Vera had it in him to win the fight, but nowhere did I predict a knockout win of that caliber for him. It definitely deserved performance of the night honors and it closes the chapter on one career but opens a new one for a young rising star.
Gunnar Nelson was underestimated by me when making my predictions for this bout. I believed he relied on his submission offence and was going to have a bad time dealing with a Muay Thai specialist in Alan Jouban. However, Nelson proved me wrong when he hurt Jouban with a right hand that pierced his defence. Gunni then secured a guillotine choke for the victory. It was unbelievable to see as I never would have predicted Nelson being able to beat Jouban on the feet. Brahma did show promise though as he he employed a smart strategy by kicking Nelson’s lead leg that he extended very far forward until it was kicked. He also defended a takedown attempt or two. Both fighters are still young and have an immense amount of talent that will surely take them places. Nelson could be cloingg in on a title show if he stays active more.
Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa defeated Corey “Overtime” Anderson via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1
I said there wa no question when I predicted this fight that Jimi Manuwa was going to be able to knockout Corey Anderson in the first round and, although Anderson showed great head movement, it only took Manuwa one good punch to make Overtime go to sleep. Poster Boy has shown why he should get a title shot by constantly knocking out whoever is put in front of him and Anderon was no exception. Corey Anderson will have to do some reflection because he has hit a huge roadblock in the light heavyweight division in the shape of Jimi Manuwa.