PREVIEW: Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz

PREVIEW: Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz

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In the co-main event of this weekend's UFC London card, Jimi Manuwa goes up against Jan Blachowicz in a key matchup in the Light Heavyweight division. Today we preview that fight.

This is actually the second iteration of this fight. The first time these two squared off was in Poland at UFC Krakow, where Manuwa picked up the decision victory. But it doesn't take a genius to figure out what sort of fighter Manuwa is: he's a striker. The man takes souls, plain and simple. He has vicious knockout power from all four limbs and he can end a fight with a single shot. For Manuwa, he just needs to look for that fight-ending shot. It could be a knee to the liver, or a well placed hook on the chin of Blachowicz, but if I'm in his corner, that's my gameplan going into the fight.

Blachowicz is interesting. He's obviously a good fighter, but he hasn't quite put it together against the top of the division. He's fought Corey Anderson, Patrick Cummins, Alexander Gustafson, and obviously Manuwa, but has yet to have a marquee win in the UFC. He has a chance to do that this weekend. Manuwa has only lost by KO, and Blachowicz has not had a KO win in a few years, so he should try to be the aggressor against Manuwa and make him uncomfortable. If he can do that, he may score a knockout, but at the least, a decision victory of a top guy in Light Heavyweight.

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