Jimi Manuwa (top) smoked Antony Rea. | Photo: Martin Rhodes
The “Poster Boy” was stepping up in competition after his stint as UCMMA champion, but he was always in control against the Frenchman. In the closing seconds of the opening round, he unleashed a spinning back fist and followed it up with a head kick that wrecked its target. The bell saved Rea from the ground-and-pound follow up, but he was unable to answer the bell for the second.
Manuwa was typically laid back when he talked to Sherdog.com: “It was a good fight. It took me a while to work him out. Obviously, he’s a seasoned pro and he’s been in with some good guys but, in the end, I done what I do best.”
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Wallhead lamped Villasenor.
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