Jimi Manuwa Breaks Silence On Pulling Out Of UFC Sao Paulo Main Event On Days Notice

UFC light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa was initially set to fight Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 137. However, following a turn of events, both fighters are out of the night’s headliner.

Glover Teixeira was the first to go, as the fighter was pulled from the match up over an injury. Manuwa was then set to face Thiago Santos.

However, Manuwa has since been pulled from the fight over an injury of his own. Santos is now set to face Eryk Anders for the night’s headliner.

Taking to Instagram, Manuwa has since issued a statement over the matter.

“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”

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