Three bouts added to UFC UK
The locals of Manchester, England are known as some of the
rowdiest sports fans in the world, and they’ll have plenty to
cheer for when UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz comes to England
on Oct. 26.
The UFC officially confirmed three new matchups which feature
Brits in a supporting role under middleweight headliners Michael
Bisping and Mark Munoz.
In terms of divisional title pictures, perhaps the most
significant is a flyweight bout pitting Englishman Phil Harris
against John Lineker. While Harris (22-10, 1 no contest) recently
notched his first win in the octagon, he’ll be trying to keep
Lineker from stretching his streak to four straight. Lineker (22-6)
has been cited as a possible title contender, but even in victory
has faced some out-of-the-cage troubles as he’s missed weight
twice. The power-punching Brazilian has two knockouts in a row.
Also added is a light-heavyweight bout between undefeated Jimi
Manuwa (13-0) and Ryan Jimmo (18-2).
Manuwa, who fights out of London, has impressed in his two UFC
bouts, defeating both Cyrille Diabate and Kyle Kingsbury via TKO.
He’ll be a decided crowd favorite against Ryan Jimmo, who
recently rebounded from his first loss in 17 fights with a decision
victory over Igor Pokrajac.
Finally, Mike Wilkinson will battle submission specialist Jimy
Wilkinson (8-1) was a Team UK member on the recent season of The
Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, winning his first-round matchup
there before bowing out of the tournament due to an injury. Since
then he’s split two fights in the UFC, winning his debut
against Brandon Loughnane before losing to Rony Jason. Hettes,
meanwhile, recently took the first loss of his career after a 10-0
start, dropping a decision to Marcus Brimage at last
September’s UFC 152.
Other confirmed bouts include Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard
and Paul Taylor vs. Anthony Njokuani.
The event takes place at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester,
England, marking the promotion’s first date in the city since
UFC 105 in November 2009.