London’s Jimi Manuwa scored the biggest win of his MMA career in the early hours of Sunday morning, as he brutally finished Ovince Saint Preux in the second round of a light-heavyweight contest at UFC 204 in Manchester.
Manuwa, who was coming off of a stoppage defeat at the heavy hands of Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, first hurt OSP with a big right-hand that landed bang on the chin. The Tennessean’s knees buckled and Manuwa went in for the kill. The ‘Poster Boy’ missed with a wild winging right but the left-hook that followed caused Saint Preux to collapse awkwardly to the canvas with his right leg pinned beneath him.
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The loss was OSP’s third in four fights. He was submitted by Glover Teixeira last August but rebounded with a win over Rafael Cavalcante in February. Then, in April, he dropped a unanimous decision to Jon Jones after stepping in as a late-replacement for the injured Daniel Cormier at UFC 197. Following this latest setback, Saint Preux drops to 19-9 overall and 7-4 under the UFC banner.
The win moves Manuwa to 16-2 as a pro and 5-2 in the UFC.
Overall, it was a mixed nights for the Britons on the card. While Manuwa, Marc Diakiese, Leon Edwards and, of course, Michael Bisping all scored wins, Davey Grant, Danny Roberts and popular veteran Brad Pickett were all beaten.