Jimi Manuwa was just days away from one of the biggest fights of his career as he was preparing for a showdown with light heavyweight legend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Brazil when disaster struck.
The British knockout artist suffered a broken foot just over a week out from the fight and was forced to withdraw. The UFC ultimately replaced him with Ovince Saint Preux, who now fights in the main event on Saturday night.
Manuwa told UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani he suffered a stress fracture in the fourth metatarsal of his right foot.
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The good news is he won’t require any kind of surgery, but he’s not allowed to put any pressure on the foot for at least six weeks.
Manuwa stated that he’s already back into grappling, but obviously can’t do any kind of standup drills or striking for another month and a half.
Currently, the British fighter is targeting a return date in January once his foot heals. The UFC is currently slated to have at least four shows in the first month of the year so there’s plenty of opportunity open for him to draw a fight.
Right now the key is allowing his foot to get back to full strength so he can return to training and then wait for the call from the UFC to book him in a new fight.