Jimi Manuwa announces retirement


Jimi Manuwa (Photo credit Per Haljestam © USA Today Sports)

In what has become a trend this week, UFC light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa announced his retirement from MMA.

In an Instagram post, Manuwa explained that, “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”


Manuwa suffered his fourth consecutive loss on Saturday at UFC Stockholm, when he was on the losing  a brutal KO loss to Aleksandar Rakić.

Prior to his most recent defeat, Manuwa suffered losses to Thiago Santos, Jan Błachowicz, and Volkan Oezdemir respectively. Manuwa’s final UFC victory came against Cory Anderson in March 2017.

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In 2008 Manuwa began his MMA  career at the relatively old age of 28, and debuted in the UFC September 2012. Throughout his career, Manuwa compiled a 17-6 record, going 6-6 in the UFC.

While it is unlikely that Manuwa would have received a title shot in the near future, his departure weakens an already shallow light heavyweight division that also lost Alexander Gustafsson to retirement at UFC Stockholm.

Watch: Aleksandar Rakić’s KO of Jimi Manuwa (via Twitter) 

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