Jimi Manuwa Issues Statement on UFC Sao Paulo Withdrawal

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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:

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.

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