UFC Lightweight Fighter Jimi Manuwa Announces His Retirement From MMA

UFC Lightweight Fighter Jimi Manuwa Announces His Retirement From MMA

UFC Lightweight Fighter Jimi Manuwa Announces His Retirement From MMA

Another fighter has announced his retirement after UFC Fight Night Stockholm, this time it's Jimi Manuwa. Check out the lengthy post the lightweight penned confirming that he's hanging up the gloves for good.

First Alexander Gustafsson, then Nick Hein, and now Jimi Manuwa has decided to hang up the gloves for good.

The mixed martial arts veteran walked into UFC Fight Night Stockholm with a three-fight losing streak, suffering defeats from Volkan Oezdemir, Jan Błachowicz, and Thiago Santos. Unfortunately, his light heavyweight bout against Aleksandar Rakić only continued his skid down in the division.

The 39-year-old confirmed that he was leaving the octagon for good by stating that he will now “leave this chapter” behind in the midst of a lengthy post on social media.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I came to London from Nigeria when i was 10 yrs old in 1990. I grew up in south London and had crazy teenage years filled with fights and life lessons. In 2006 i was 26 years old and i discovered the ufc while flicking through the sports channels late at night , it immediately captured me , the likes of rampage jackson, tito ortiz , randy couture , shogun were my favourite fighters and i became a fan instantly. i’d never set foot in any martial arts gym in my life and neither didn’t have any plans to. In 2008 i was 28 years old and i said to myself that i’m gonna fight for the ufc. i got off my sofa and started training muay thai and bjj , i had no martial arts experience but i was a tough cunt from south london. Martial arts immediately put more structure and discipline into my crazy life and helped me become a much better person than i was previously. I had my first pro fight after 2 weeks training and i won. within the first 2 years i was uk number 1, but the goal was to fight for the ufc. I won all my fights by ko and in 2012 i accepted a ufc contract after turning them down twice with an 11-0 record all knockouts. Ive had a great martial arts career and the last 4 fights have been tough losses to take not only for myself but for my family who is always first, ive given out a mostly knockouts and taken a few myself , that’s my fan loving style but it takes a toll on the body especially concussions which are not visible to the eye i’ve met a lot of great people along the way and travelled the world but it’s time to leave this chapter and on to the next one because there’s a life after fighting and i feel it’s my obligation to give more to combat sports which i love dearly outside of fighting. Thank you @danawhite and the @ufc for letting me showcase my skills and thank you to all my coaches and training partners who have helped and taught me along the way , much love to the fans and last but not least much love to my dear family who together we made this dream a reality. Jimi POSTERBOY Manuwa PB1 🦁 ... stay tuned 😉

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Manuwa began his career back in 2008 and after making a name for himself in his hometown of England, Jimi entered the UFC in 2012 with an undefeated record of 11-0. He would go on to win his first three fights under the UFC banner; however, he would suffer his first loss against Alexander Gustafsson.

Since that incredible bout, Manuwa’s career inside the octagon has been a mixed bag, and the England native leaves the sport with a record of 17 wins and 6 losses.
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