News: “Truly gutted” Jimi Manuwa releases statement following withdrawal from UFC Sao Paulo main event

The UFC will be hoping that the third time is the charm when it comes to thks weekend’s UFC Sao Paulo main event.

Originally slated as a long overdue meeting between England’s Jimi Manuwa (17-4-0) and veteran light heavyweight Glover Teixera (27-7-0), UFC matchmakers were forced to call upon Thiago Santos (18-6-0) as a late replacement when Teixera fell victim to a shoulder injury.

Manuwa vs Santos may not have been what was initially billed but it was set to be an interesting test for both men with Manuwa looking to get back to winning ways following two consecutive losses and Santos set to make his 205lb debut.

Just one week from fight night, the injury curse struck again, this time with Manuwa picking up an injury which has forced him from the card.

Santos will now find ‘Ya Boy’ Eryk Anders (11-1-0) standing across the octagon from him on Saturday night as the two former middleweights look to make an impact on the light heavyweight division.

Earlier today, Manuwa addressed the situation on Instagram, explaining that he suffered a severe hamstring tear shortly after arriving in Brazil to finish up his preparations to face Santos.

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.

I’ll 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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