34 year old Jimi ‘Poster Boy’ Manuwa is a Nigerian-British mixed martial artist, who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, and is blazing an amazing trail for Nigerians in the MMA sporting field.
Jimi, who left Nigeria when he was just two, is ranked #11 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. He’s been cage fighting since 2003 and has won all his fights
After being away for 24 years, Jimi returned home to Nigeria this past Sunday June 29th. Continue..
Jimi, who now trains youngsters in the sport, which demands participants practice mixed martial arts and battle it out in the ring, said:
“People might think it’s violent but it’s a sport, like boxing. You get to release energy and take your frustration out and it takes a lot of discipline. I think kids will be able to relate to me as I’ve come from the same place they have. When I speak to them they listen.”
Jimi is in Nigeria to check out the MMA scene with a view to checking out the possibility of setting up a replica of his reputable MMA gym in London – Lionspride MMA.