Jimi Manuwa was gutted at having to pull out of UFC Sao Paulo, especially since he missed his daughter’s 10th birthday preparing for the fight.
Jimi Manuwa had been set to face
Glover Teixeira Thiago Santos in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo (UFC Fight Night 137) this weekend. However, as has been widely reported by now, Manuwa was forced off the card due to injury, replaced by middleweight Eryk Anders (in a happy coincidence, Santos, who replaced Teixeira, is also a middleweight moving up a division for the fight). On Tuesday, Manuwa released his first statement since news of the injury broke, and expressed his disappointment — especially at missing his daughter’s birthday.
The source of the withdrawal, per Manuwa, was a torn hamstring. Recovery will be a minimum of six weeks, putting ‘Poster Boy’ on a timetable to return sometime in November at the earliest.
You can view Manuwa’s full statement below via Instagram:
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I'm truly gutted. The day after I landed in Brazil I went for my last hard training session. During that session of sprints I tore my hamstring, and after getting it assessed in hospital, doctors diagnosed it as a severe tear greater than 50%. They told me it will be a minimum of 6 weeks recovery time. Ill be working hard everyday to get back so I can continue to put on great fights for everyone to watch. I was 100% ready and looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans in São Paulo and around the world . I made a lot of sacrifices and even missed my daughter's 10th birthday. I'm sorry Havana, I love you, Daddy is on his way home. I want to thank everyone of you for the love and support you have sent my way. Without all of you none of this is possible. I can't wait to come back and put on a show for you all. Lions eat first 🦁
UFC Sao Paulo, otherwise known as UFC Fight Night 137, takes place Saturday, September 22 at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The card also features Sam Alvey taking on Little Nog, and Alex Oliveira against Carlo Pedersoli Jr. in the co-main event.