Saturday night, the UFC heads back to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for UFC 191, where two light heavyweight are set to collide in what has fight of the night written all over it. Jimi Manuwa vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is a fight that you will not want to miss as these to hard-hitting knockout artists are looking to climb back into title contention.

Johnson is coming off of his first loss to now-champ, Daniel Cormier, since re-signing with the UFC back in July of 2014. Manuwa has only had one fight in the past 18 months and will look to get back on track for a shot at light heavyweight gold. There is one thing both of these fighters do well and that is come to destroy whoever is standing across from them.

Manuwa only has one loss to his name, against Alexander Gustafsson back in March of 2014, where he was knocked out in the second round of the main event at UFC Fight Night 37. If Manuwa comes to this fight healthy and is focused, this could be a bad night for Johnson. This will be a fast-paced fight and only one of these men will be left standing. Manuwa will want to use these keys to success if he plans on stopping Johnson on Saturday night.

Don’t Get Hit:

Manuwa only has a two-inch reach advantage over Johnson, but he will want to try to stay on the outside and use his counter striking to land his heavy hands on Johnson’s chin. When Johnson swings, he always puts everything he has into his punches, which we have all seen him do damage when connecting to any part of the body. Avoid getting hit, counter strike and look for the chin. If Manuwa can keep out of reach and not get hit, he has a great chance of winning this fight.

Leg Kicks:

Leg kicks will be a big factor in Manuwa winning this fight. If he can start chopping away at Johnsons lead leg, it will slow him down and he will not be able to throw all of his power into his punches. This will also help if Johnson tries to shoot in and use his wrestling to get the fight to the ground.  Leg kicks, leg kicks and more leg kicks will be a huge key to the success of Manuwa winning this fight.

Patience:

10 of Manuwa’s 15 victories have ended in the first round, nine of those by way of KO/TKO. Manuwa is known for coming out fast and hard, but, in this case, he is facing a completely different fighter than he has ever fought before. He will want to be patient and look for Johnson to make a mistake so he can capitalize and use his power to land that one shot that will end the night for Johnson. Be patient, look for an opening and strike when you have it.

 

About The Author

Jeremiah York
Staff Writer

In 1993 at 16 years old my Mom let me order UFC #1 on PPV. Then and there my life changed! To find a sport that put man against man, skill against skill in the rawest form was absolutely amazing! My love for MMA was found and I have been following all aspects of Combat Sports since. If I'm not traveling to watch fights I am studying and catching up on everything MMA at home. I am a Denver Native, but I live in TX now where the fight scene is booming! When I'm not watching and dissecting fights I'm out in the market selling beer as the TX Area Sales Manager for Uinta Brewing.