Thiago Santos landed a stunning second round knockout against Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231

Thiago Santos

It's been a tough few years in the UFC for English fighter Jimi Manuwa.

Despite being born in the United States, Manuwa's parents are British and represents the nation whenever he steps into the Octagon.

Being one of the few competitors from the British Isles to currently compete within the company, it's always a big deal whenever they turn up and he's fighting.

Manuwa's last bout was in London in March 2018, where he was on the wrong end of a Unanimous Decision to Jan Blachowicz, who avenged his defeat from 2015 in his home country of Poland.

Before that, Manuwa was knocked-out by rising star Volkan Oezdemir in 2017, meaning going into last night's fight with Thiago Santos, he was on a two-bout losing streak.

It was the complete opposite to his Brazilian counterpart, coming off two consecutive wins in 2018, the most recent being a stoppage of Eryk Anders in his Light Heavyweight debut.

The two were given the opening bout inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, and they gave the fans everything you'd expect from the first fight of the night.

Thiago Santos lands a left hand on Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231.

After trading shots in the opening round, Manuwa seemed to hit the best shots as the round came to a close, and we somehow got to see a second round between the two brutes.

That one didn't last long though.

Both fighters were swinging for the fences, and just 41 seconds in, Manuwa was dropped with a brutal left hand, and he wasn't to recover from it.

To be fair to Manuwa - no-one is getting up from that bomb.

He's probably never going to be a contender for the title, even though he's now won three on the bounce, but Santos keeps on producing entertaining fights which are slowly but surely going to win fans over.

The 205-pound division will definitely be watching on with fear as the UFC plot Santos' next move.

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