A light-heavyweight bout between Jimi Manuwa and Nikita Krylov has been announced for UFC Fight Night 83 in London on February 27th.
The UK’s Manuwa tasted defeat last time out in the Octagon, suffering a first round knockout courtesy of the the heavy handed Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson at UFC 191 in September. The 35 year-old also suffered a TKO loss against Alexander Gustafsson last year in London, though in-between that he did earn a unanimous decision win over Jan Blachowitz in April which leaves him with a 4-2 record in the UFC to date and still ranked at No.9 in the division.
His opponent, the Ukrainian born Krylov initially got off to a rocky start in the Octagon with just one victory in three fights, but over the past couple of years he’s turned things around with a three-fight winning streak against the likes of Cody Donovan, Stanislav Nedkov and most recently Marcos Rogério de Lima.
That run of form has helped the 23 year-old score one of the biggest fights of his career to date and Manuwa Vs Krylov should feature on the main card of the London event which will be headlined by a middleweight encounter between two top 10 contenders, Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi.