The UFC has booked a light heavyweight fight for the UFC 174 card in Vancouver that is certainly big enough to be the headliner, but will settle into the middle of the card without complaint. Fans will be on their feet cheering when Canada's own 205-pound superstar Ryan Jimmo steps in the the cage to continue his path to the UFC light heavyweight title. He will face a tough test though, as he will meet Ovince St. Preux. UFC Canada's twitter account announced the matchup this morning.
Jimmo (19-3) entered the UFC on a huge 16-fight winning streak that included one impressive doctor-stoppage win to claim the MFC light heavyweight title. He made his debut on the grand stage in style, setting the unofficial record for fastest KO in the UFC when he knocked out 63-year-old Anthony Perosh with a single cataclysmic strike in seven short (but enthralling) seconds. He was then totally robbed in his next bout, losing by decision to James Te Huna, but rebounded with a thrilling (and I do mean thrilling) win over Igor Pokrajac. An injured leg saved Jimi Manuwa from the Wrath of Jimmo last October, but he showed Manuwa what he was capable of in his next bout when he almost sent Sean O'Connell to the hospital with another one of his unbelievably devastating karate punches.
St Preux (15-5) is 3-0 in the UFC.
Can OSP put a stop to the Jimmo whirlwind and keep him out of the title chase for a minute? Or will Jimmo drop the hammer and eviscerate yet another opponent? You can find out at UFC 174 on June 14th in Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Get your tickets now!