UFC Fight Night 137: Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos

Fight Night 137 Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos

The main card stream will be live on Sat. Sep. 22 10:30PM/7:30PM ETPT

Fans of mixed single combats will unambiguously watch a very important event on the 2nd of September, 2018. This September night will host a big event in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. It is UFC FIGHT NIGHT 137. Its organizers have done everything possible to gather the known representatives of the fighting world in Brazil.

This Saturday evening will witness a number of fights with the known fighters of UFC acting in various weight categories. In particular, we should notice the following fights:

  • The light heavyweight category will be represented by Sam Alvey and Roger Nogueira;
  • Christos Giagos and Charles Oliveira will fight in the featherweight category;
  • On the 22nd of September the octagon will also bring together two representatives of the lightest weight category: Andre Ewell and Renan Barao;
  • One more fight is planned between Ben Saunders and Sergio Moraes, the representatives of welterweight category;
  • Fighters like Hector Lombard and Thales Leites will cross their fists in the middleweight category.
  • There will be also a fight between Belal Muhammad and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos – representatives of the welterweight category;

The 22nd of September will witness a female fight between Alex Chambers and Libya Souza.

However, the main fight of the tournament will be a meeting of two fighters who have been insulting each other in recent times. We are talking about Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos.

As soon as the light heavyweight British fighter Manuwa found out about his new opponent, he said that he would do everything possible to knock Santos out. Initially, the British had planned a fight against Glover Teixeira, but the latter was injured at one of the training sessions, because of which he is not able to go to the octagon. As a result, the tournament organizers offered Jimmy a new rival – a representative of the average weight category of Santos, but Manuwa reacted suspiciously at first.

The British fighter said that he had no desire to fight because Santos was a representative of the average weight category. Jimmy said that he wanted to go to the octagon against a good fighter, a representative of his weight category. However, it seems that the guys from UFC have managed to convince the British, and he has consented to the fight.

Later, Manuwa said that he was given a good explanation and found out about the benefits of this match.

Jimmy said that he found Thiago Santos a pretty good fighter, he is also advised to consent to a meeting by the members of his team. The situation with other potential rivals was also in favour of the battle. They had already got the scheduled date of the fighting at that time. It is worth noting that the situation in the light heavyweight category is quite complex: some fighters have been injured and unable to fight, the others have already got rivals and are preparing for the battles.

Having agreed to go to the octagon, Manuwa began to give comments about the upcoming fight and said that he would make every effort to turn the meeting into a show and try to knock the opponent out. Jimmy has noticed that he is already ready for the fight and is looking forward to it.

This meeting is very important for Jimmy Manuwa because he will have to rehabilitate after two defeats which he had suffered from Jan Blachowicz and Volkan Oezdemir. If he loses the fight with Santos, then it will begin a series of defeats that will affect his career. It is for this reason that he only needs to win this fight. If he wins, he will be able to keep the seventh line of the ranking.

We should also note the statement of Tiago Santos who has explained why Manuwa has agreed to this fight. According to the Brazilian, the decision of the British fighter was influenced by Twitter. According to him, Santos wrote a post in the popular social network after Jimmy had refused to fight with him. He noted that he understood why the British refused to go in the octagon against him. Manuwa had already got two defeats, so he didn’t want to get the third one.

Santos noted that the tweet started spreading among the followers of the two fighters and it finally came to Jimmy. Tiago is sure that the words written by him in Twitter have contributed to the positive decision of the British to fight with him. Of course, this kind of skirmish in the social network has provoked tension in the relations between the fighters. Then they started insulting each other. Manuwa and Santos promise to punish each other, declaring desire to knock the rival out.

We can say only one thing – the fight between the Brazilian and British fighters will not be easy for them because anything can happen in the octagon. At the same time the audience of UFC FIGHT NIGHT 137 has all chances to see a spectacular duel between Manuwa and Santos. At least there are some prerequisites for this.

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