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.
The Poster Boy has left the building.
11 years after his first pro fight, Jimi Manuwa is officially retiring from pro MMA competition. What a career!
A tremendous fighter, a legend in MMA, and an even better human being. We wish you the best and are here for you always. 🦁 pic.twitter.com/H4YMOajofz
— Paradigm Sports (@ParadigmSports) June 4, 2019
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.