Jimi Manuwa explains recent loss, Tyson Fury's get-up, UFC dreams


TORONTO – UFC light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa has learned a few lessons in his past two fights, and he’s using them to get better in the cage.

A recent loss to Jan Blachowicz taught Manuwa about the dangers of loading up on his power shots, and now he’s not so obsessed with the knockout.

“I was getting hit with jabs, and I was like, ‘(Expletive) your jabs, (expletive) your jabs, I just want to land my big ones,'” Manuwa (17-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) told reporters in advance of his fight with Thiago “Marreta” Santos (19-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) at UFC 231, which takes place Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, and airs live on pay-per-view.

When Manuwa lays hands on opponents, they usually fall – that’s why he was as amazed as everyone else when Tyson Fury managed to get up after a 12th-round knockdown courtesy of Deontay Wilder’s left hand.

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