The final preliminary fight of the evening brought a little bit of violence to Nottingham.
Kyle Kingsbury tried to utilize his wrestling skills to stifle the power of Jimi Manuwa, but the UFC newcomer was able to routinely get back to his feet and batter the tough light heavyweight. The doctor had to call the fight in between the second and third rounds due to Kingsbury's eye swelling shut.
Here is what we learned about the fight.
What we'll remember about this fight:
The most memorable aspect of the fight was Kingsbury's face. It showed the signs of the punishment he took in just two rounds from Manuwa.
Kingsbury stood tough with Manuwa, but the lasting image from the fight will be his ugly bruised up mug. The pictures of Kingsbury will be some of the most passed around from this event. Battle wounds are always interesting to look at.
What we learned about Kyle Kingsbury:
He is one tough hombre.
He showed some decent wrestling, but that was about all he could do in the bout. Kingsbury proved that he is a good punching bag for the brutal newcomers after introducing both Glover Teixeira and Manuwa to the Octagon in 2012.
If you are looking for one man to bring in to battle that can withstand a punch you should try to enlist Kingsbury.
What we learned about Jimi Manuwa:
We learned he has some serious power.
While Kingsbury was not knocked unconscious, that is more of a credit to him than a statement about Manuwa's striking power. Most light heavyweights would be waking up with the referee standing over them if they got hit like Kingsbury did.
We also learned that Manuwa is patient. When he was taken down, and Kingsbury was working for a submission, he was calm and cool waiting for his chance to get back to his feet. Outside of the punishment he doled out it was probably the most impressive thing about his debut.
What's next for Kingsbury:
He is coming off two fights where he got brutalized. It is time for a vacation.
What's next for Manuwa:
Some may want Manuwa to jump right back in the Octagon against another powerful striker, but he would be better served if he was put on the slow track in the division.
Manuwa should take another fight against a UFC newcomer or lower-level fighter and work on his overall game before leaping up the light heavyweight ladder.
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