London’s Manuwa returns to the Octagon early on Sunday morning on the principle card of UFC 231, the place he’ll tackle the harmful Thiago Santos.M
London’s Manuwa returns to the Octagon early on Sunday morning on the principle card of UFC 231, the place he’ll tackle the harmful Thiago Santos.
Manuwa enters the bout on the again of consecutive losses to Volkan Oezdemir and Jan Blachowicz, defeats which derailed his hopes of a shot on the light-heavyweight title.
Most fighters would dwell on back-to-back losses and allow them to have a detrimental impact on their way of thinking, and understandably so.
That may’t be mentioned of Manuwa, although, who has put his skid firmly to the again of his thoughts.
“It’s what it’s. I’ve accepted it,” Manuwa informed Categorical Sport when reflecting on the primary consecutive losses of his profession. “My final with Blachowicz was a three-round warfare and the combat of the night time in London.
“You’ve simply obtained to maneuver on. You’ll be able to’t dwell on the previous. Saturday is right here now, it’s time to carry out on it there.”
Manuwa and Santos have been as a result of lock horns with each other in September in the principle occasion of UFC Battle Evening 137, which happened within the latter’s residence nation of Brazil.
The combat didn’t go forward, although, as Manuwa tore his hamstring shortly after arriving in Sao Paulo – which was a bitter capsule for him to swallow.
“I can’t describe it,” ‘Posterboy’ mentioned. “I didn’t know the way to really feel. We did all of the onerous work, I had sacrificed lots and been away from my household and I missed my youngest’s birthday, it was heartbreaking for me.
“Letting all of the followers down as effectively in Brazil. It was very irritating for me. However wanting on the brilliant aspect, we’re right here now and I’m going to do what I’m going to do.”
Following the cancellation of his scheduled bout with Glover Teixeira and the postponement of his showdown with Santos, it’s protected to say that Manuwa is itching to get again contained in the cage.
And he’s promised the fruits of his labour in his back-to-back coaching camps will lead to a spectacular end.
“I used to be there cage aspect for his final combat. He’s explosive, he likes to kick lots,” Manuwa mentioned of Santos. “He’s a kick boxer who switches from orthodox to southpaw, so I’m anticipating a technical combat.
“However you’re going to see a masterpiece. I’ve been engaged on some nice issues in camp. I’m wanting ahead to performing.
He added: “Count on to see a knockout machine. I’ve been engaged on some nice stuff in camp and I can’t wait to show what I’ve been engaged on.”
Watch UFC 231: Holloway vs Ortega reside on BT Sport three from 1am, with the prelims completely reside on UFC FIGHT PASS from 11.15pm.