Injury Forces Jimi Manuwa Off UFC 156 Main Event
Another UFC main event has been changed due to an injury.
Year of Injuries
In a year where injuries have been its theme, the UFC suffered yet another setback when Jimi Manuwa suffered a broken foot that will force him off his scheduled November 8th showdown against former UFC light heavyweight champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 56.
The UFC has struggled to juggle its events after injuries have either cancelled or changed a lot of its 2014 bouts. Prior to Manuwa’s injury, UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was forced to withdraw from his UFC 180 title defense against Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City. Velasquez suffered a knee injury in training and instead of fighting on Pay-Per-View on November 15, he will be forced to watch Werdum face his replacement Super Samoan Mark Hunt in an interim title bout instead.
A Disappointing Year
2014 should be a disappointing year for the British fighter who suffered his first professional career loss to the top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson last March 8th in his hometown of London, England. Before that loss, Manuwa had raced to the top of the UFC’s light heavyweight food chain with 14 consecutive victories, including an impressive 13 wins by way of knockout. None of Manuwa’s fights have lasted the distance as his one other fight ended via guillotine choke submission.
Before coming to the UFC, Manuwa was a former UCMMA light heavyweight champion who defended his belt five straight times before relinquishing it to sign with the BAMMA promotion in 2011. After a long courtship, Manuwa finally signed with the UFC in July 2012.
With Manuwa out, the UFC has promoted Ovince St. Preux to the main event after he was initially slated to fight in the co-main event of UFC 156 against Francimar Barroso. The 31-year old Haitian-American former collegiate football player will now have a golden opportunity in front of him in Shogun Rua.
The 10th ranked St. Preux has a 16-6 record with 7 knockouts and 6 submissions. He will be stepping up to fight a former UFC champion and a much bigger name in Shogun Rua. St. Preux is looking to bounce back after a disappointing wrestling match against Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 47 last August 16. On the other hand, Rua is looking to keep his career alive after going 1-3 in his last three bouts. Rua has lost two of those bouts by knockout, including the latest one against Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 48 last March 23. Rua broke his nose during that bout and underwent surgery, forcing him off the octagon for a prolonged period of time.
Though Manuwa has an impressive record, he has faced only one big name in his career so far and that was Gustafsson. On the other hand, Rua has seen them all and has a more complete game. Although he is not as formidable as Gustafsson, his skillset is one that Manuwa hasn’t faced before. The UFC betting odds have Rua installed as a -110 favorite because of a very much superior ground game.
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