Undefeated UK fighter declines UFC contract offer, for now

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rising British light-heavyweight prospect Jimi Manuwa had the UFC deal he worked hard so to get – and still decided to pull the plug.

“I’ve run over all the competition I’ve had over here (in Europe), and I just wanted to get a bit more international experience,” Manuwa told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I would have probably taken this fight then the UFC (138) fight would have been two weeks after. It would have been kind of too close.”

Although Manuwa’s career spans three years, only two have really been healthy ones. Couple that with the fact that he took his first professional MMA fight in 2008 with no amateur experience (and after only three weeks of training), and what you have is still a relatively inexperienced fighter.

Many prospects have come into the UFC at a young age and fallen by the wayside relatively quickly, never to be seen or heard from again.

“Three or four hard fights (more), and then I’ll probably go there (to the UFC),” he said.

“My overall goal is to be UFC champion,” Manuwa said. “I want to destroy all the international opponents: good, well-known opponents like ‘Sokoudjou,’ Houston Alexander, ex-UFC (guys). I want to destroy all of them and then go to the UFC after that. I want to destroy all of the contenders there and go for the belt. That’s all I know how to do, destroy people.”

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