Jimi Manuwa retires from MMA after UFC on ESPN+ 11 loss

British light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa (17-6-0) took to social media earlier today to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts, days after being knocked out by Aleksandar Rakic at UFC on ESPN+ 11 in Sweden.


Manuwa, 39, first started attracting major attention when he joined BAMMA in late 2011, where he won his debut fight before signing with the UFC in 2012. He went 6-6-0 in the octagon, including losing his last four contests.

Some notable highlights include his debut victory over Kyle Kingsbury, and shutdowns of Ovince St. Preux at at UFC 204 in October 2016, and Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107 in March 2017.

Manuwa expressed wanting to “give more to combat sports” and credited martial arts for making him a better person and overcoming his troubled youth.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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