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John Heinis: European MMA fans are super excited to see Jimi Manuwa make his debut with the world's premiere fight organization.
"Poster Boy" is a perfect 11-0 as a professional fighter, including 10 knockouts and one guillotine choke for good measure.
American Top Team product Kyle Kingsbury began to turn some heads as he won four fights between October 2009 and June 2011, but has since suffered back-to-back losses to Stephan Bonnar and Glover Teixeira.
"Kingsbu" typically loves to put on a show, having two UFC "Fight of the Night" bonuses to his credit for his entertaining style.
However, his propensity to stand and bang will lead to his demise, and Manuwa is a more vicious, heavy-handed striker. Expect Manuwa to put his name on the map with this victory.
Jimi Manuwa via Round 2 Knockout
Vince Carey: Jimi Manuwa is a finishing machine.
It’s been great to see the light heavyweight gain some new blood over the last year or so, with Glover Teixeira and Ryan Jimmo both looking very impressive in their UFC debuts earlier this year, and I think Manuwa will be the next fighter to make a big statement at 205.
Kyle Kingsbury is a good fighter, and he’s been a consistently exciting fighter in the division, but I think the raw power that Manuwa possesses is going to be a bit too much to handle for the former Arizona State football player.
Look for Manuwa to push the pace early, and as long as he can avoid getting taken to the mat, he should be able to land some shots early against Kingsbury.
I usually don’t bank on fighters making their UFC debut, but I feel good about Manuwa, and he’s leaving the cage with a first round KO on Saturday.
Jimi Manuwa by Round 1 Knockout
Kyle Symes: One of Europe’s top prospects will be making his debut when Jimi Manuwa steps into the Octagon to face Kyle Kingsbury.
Manuwa has had a troubled past across the pond but has focused on building his MMA career. He’s done so in impressive fashion, amassing an 11-0 record with all of his fights ending before the final bell.
Kingsbury has been in the UFC since 2008 and after putting together four straight victories, looked to be heading up the light heavyweight ladder.
Unfortunately, after two straight losses to Stephan Bonnar and Glover Teixeira, Kingsbury could very well get his walking papers if he loses.
Manuwa is a highly touted prospect but hasn’t faced a tough, gutsy veteran like Kingsbury. Although Teixeira was able to dominate and finish Kingsbury at UFC 146, it was only the second time Kingsbury has been stopped.
I think Kingsbury will turn this into an ugly scrap, but I feel the home-crowd advantage will propel Manuwa to a victory.
Jimi Manuwa via Unanimous Decision
Dwight Wakabayashi: Kingsbury is coming off two losses in a row although to very tough competition in Glover Texiera and Stephan Bonnar.
Manuwa is a step down from those two and a chance for Kingsbury to right the ship. It could be three strikes and out of the UFC if Kingsbury loses, so he will be focused and sharp.
Manuwa is making his UFC debut after turning down the opportunity a couple years ago. He is an undefeated English champion and will be looking to make a big debut at home. Eleven wins, 10 via knockout, says that Manuwa goes for the kill. Let's see if he can get it in his debut against much tougher competition.
Kyle Kingsbury via Unanimous Decision