Fight Night London Headliner Manuwa: ‘K.O. Power is ‘God Given’
Ahead of his biggest test to date, this weekend’s ‘UFC Fight Night London’ headliner, Jimi Manuwa, touched on his punching prowess in an interview with ESPN.
The light-heavyweight fighter has finished 100% of his opponents with strikes and looks to make Alexander Gustafsson his latest victim.
Gustafsson is one-fight away from a rematch with Jon Jones, but Manuwa plans on spoiling that party.
“We used to go to the fairground [funfair], and there’s that punchable thing that measures your power,” Manuwa told ESPN.com. “It was from one of those that I knew I could punch. My friends would come around, and we’d have competitions.
“I broke my hand on them. A couple times.”
The thing Manuwa has going for him, though — and everyone seems willing to agree on this — is that he possesses devastating, can’t-be-taught, either-you-have-it-or-you-don’t knockout power.
It’s “God-given,” as Manuwa puts it. When asked if a specific moment stands out when he really knew he had shook someone, Manuwa replied, “I have 14 stoppages. There are a lot of those moments.”