UFC London Results: Jan Blachowicz defeats Jimi Manuwa (Highlights)

UFC London Results: Jan Blachowicz defeats Jimi Manuwa

A light heavyweight scrap between perennial division contenders Jan Blachowicz and Jimi Manuwa served as the co-main event of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 127 event in London, England.

The fight marked the second time that Blachowicz and Manuwa had met inside the octagon, with Jimi winning the pairs first contest via unanimous decision in April of 2015.

This time around Blachowicz was able to start off strong dropping Manuwa midway through round one. Jimi was able survive the early onslaught and ended up getting back to his feet where he then exchanged haymakers with Jan until the horn sounded to end the opening round.

Round two begins and Manuwa lands a nice switch kick. Jan responds with a pair of left hooks. Jimi replies with a shot to the body. Jan shoots in and scores a double leg takedown. Manuwa uses butterfly hooks to shuck off his opponent and scrambles back to his feet. Manuwa begins swinging wildly with punches but nothing appears to land. Jan counters the strikes with a nice jab followed by a left hook. Jimi responds with a nice left hook and the fighters clinch. Both men trade knees from the position and then break. Jan shoots in for a takedown but Jimi stuffs it. Manuwa is throwing power shots looking for the knockout. Jan is forced to retreat from the pressure. Manuwa lands another big shot right before the horn sounds to end round two.

Round three begins and Blachowicz lands a nice kick to the body. Manuwa replies with a leg kick and then charges forward with a flurry. Jan responds with an uppercut followed by a left hook and Jimi backs off. Blachowicz fires off a high kick which is partially blocked. Manuwa comes forward and lands some nice body shots. Jan responds with a good combination of his own. Manuwa lands a couple of jabs but it is Blachowicz who is taking control of this final round by utilizing some crisp combos. He lands an overhand followed by an uppercut. Jan shoots in for a double leg but it is not there. He ducks under a Jimi punch and scores a key takedown. Blachowicz finishes the fight in guard and should get the nod from the judges following an entertaining battle.

Blachowicz def. Manuwa via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)

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