A pair of hard-hitting light heavyweights will square off when the
UFC returns to London on Feb. 16, as promotion officials
announced Friday that Jimi Manuwa
will face Cyrille
UFC on Fuel TV 7.
Headlined by an interim bantamweight title collision between
champion Renan Barao and challenger Michael
McDonald, the event takes place at Wembley Arena, and the
evening’s main draw airs live on Fuel TV following the
Known for his superior punching power, Manuwa has thus far been
perfect in his four-year pro career, competing primarily for the
Ultimate Challenge MMA promotion in his adopted home country of
England. Most recently, the 32-year-old “Poster Boy” made his
Octagon debut on Sept. 29, battering Kyle
Kingsbury before the cage-side physician halted the UFC on Fuel
TV 5 contest prior to the start of round three.
Diabate, 39, was last seen on Nov. 17 at UFC 154, dropping former
Strikeforce heavyweight Chad Griggs
with strikes before finishing off “The Gravedigger” with a
rear-naked choke. The triumph marked the third victory in the last
four outings for “The Snake,” who has earned wins over Luiz Cane,
Cantwell and Tom DeBlass
since joining the UFC in 2010.