Manuwa outlines plan for global domination
Jimi Manuwa reckons he can become one of the world's most feared fighters after lifting the Ultimate Challenge UK light-heavyweight title
By JONATHAN CLEGG
Jimi Manuwa reckons he can become one of the world's most feared fighters after lifting his first MMA title with a crushing defeat of Ryan Robinson.
Explosive newcomer Manuwa was crowned Ultimate Challenge UK light-heavyweight champion in only his fifth pro fight at the Troxy, Stepney on Saturday night following a clinical first-round destruction of veteran Robinson.
The 29-year-old, nicknamed Poster Boy, recorded a stunning knockout after just two minutes as former Cage Rage champion Robinson was overwhelmed in the main event on UCUK's Relentless show.
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And Manuwa insists that his devastating triumph proves he is capable of competing with the toughest fighters in the world's top competitions.
He said: "I feel I can do anything I want in this sport. I think I can go all the way to the top and compete with the best in the world.
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"I know I've still got a lot to learn, but I learn very quickly. I've only been fighting a year and I've destroyed everyone I've fought.
"I look at people like Anderson Silva and the top American fighters in UFC and I feel I can get to their level. I can see it in my future. I'm learning every day and I'm getting better in every fight."
In the co-main event, fan favourite Jean Silva made a successful return from a spell on the sidelines by overcoming AJ Wenn with a second-round submission.
Brazilian Silva has been out of action with a knee injury, but his technical skill proved too much for promising lightweight Wenn.
Roman Webber made short work of late replacement Colin Gough in a light-heavyweight clash, while Team Tsunami ace Jack Mason came through a tough tussle with Shahid 'No Pain' Hussain.
In the fight of the night, popular Michael Pastou earned a unanmious decision over former team-mate Jamaine Facey in a thrilling welterweight encounter.