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UFC Fight Night 107: Jimi Manuwa knocks out Corey Anderson in first round

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London’s Jimi Manuwa added to his impressive knockout list with a first-round finish of Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107 at the O2 Arena.

Anderson tried to establish the takedown with some good footwork early on, circling away from the power right hand of Manuwa. But “Posterboy” stuffed everything and it was the left hook – while Anderson was trying to circle out – that caught Anderson and put him down, forcing the referee to call the bout.

Afterwards in the post-fight interview with Dan Hardy, Manuwa called out a fight with English boxer David Haye – perhaps half-jokingly – but then said he believes his next fight will be the winner of Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson at UFC 210.

Manuwa and the retirement of hometown hero Brad Pickett will perhaps symbolize UFC Fight Night 107.

Manuwa, Gunnar Nelson, Marlon Vera and Marc Diaries each earned performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus. There was no Fight of the Night bonus awarded.

MAIN CARDĀ 

ARNOLD ALLEN VS MAKWAN AMIRKHANI

WINNER: ARNOLD ALLEN VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAKWAN AMIRKAHNI VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Allen fought through the many Amirkhani submission attempts and delivered quite a few strikes of his own to take the win. Excellent performances by both fighters, but Allen was just a bit better with more gas in the tank at the end.

BRAD PICKETT VS MARLON VERA

WINNER:Ā MARLON VERA VIA TKO R3 3:50

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRAD PICKETT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Pickett’s fairytale ending to his career was notĀ to be. He did well in the first two rounds, but ran out of gas, giving Vera opportunities with his kicks. Full marks to Pickett for the effort, butĀ take your hat off to Vera, fighting for his family and makes the most of his short notice opportunity.

#9 GUNNAR NELSON VS ALAN JOUBAN

WINNER: GUNNAR NELSON VIA SUBMISSION R2 0:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALAN JOUBANĀ VIA SPLIT-DECISION

Andrews: Wow! Gunnar Nelson is really back. To take out Jouban like that was impressive. Give him credit.

MAIN EVENT

#4 JIMI MANUWA VS #6 COREY ANDERSON

WINNER:Ā JIMI MANUWA VIA KO R1 3:05

ANDREWS PREDICTION:Ā JIMI MANUWA VIA TKO

Andrews: Manuwa has come a long way from his days at BAMMA. He forced nothing, did notĀ waste any energy andĀ walked Anderson down. Beautiful performance by “Posterboy.”

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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