UFC Fight Night 83 will have to do without one of the night’s biggest hitters, as light heavyweight striker Jimi Manuwa has suffered an injury and has been forced to withdraw from his bout, the promotion announced Thursday via social media.
Manuwa was scheduled to face to Nikita Krylov at the O2 Arena in London on Feb. 27. Two months out, it’s reasonable to believe the UFC will try and find a replacement for Krylov to remain on the card.
“Poster Boy” last fought at UFC 191, suffering a blistering second-round knockout at the hands of fellow slugger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in Las Vegas. Manuwa carries a 15-2 record as a professional MMA fighter; he holds victories over Kyle Kingsbury, Cyrille Diabate and Ryan Jimmo. His only other loss came in a headlining event at the O2 in 2014 against two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson. “The Mauler” stopped Manuwa via second-round TKO.
A former heavyweight, Krylov made his 205-pound debut in March 2014 against Ovince Saint Preux. Krylov would go on to lose the bout before igniting a three-fight winning streak at light heavyweight. Krylov has back-to-back-to-back first-round finishes over Cody Donovan, Stanislav Nedkov, Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
Headlining the London event is a five-round middleweight contest between former UFC 185-pound champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva and longtime middleweight staple Michael Bisping. In the co-main event slot is another 185-pound tilt between former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and one-time UFC middleweight title contender Thales Leites.
The event will be broadcast exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.