Middleweight veteran and recent light heavyweight Thiago Santos feels no pressure to take on a much larger opponent in Jimi Manuwa. Expected to take on ‘Poster Boy’ on Saturday night at UFC 231, the Brazilian who once accepted to take on Manuwa on short notice, but ended up facing Eryk Anders instead, now has a second chance at Jimi, but with a full camp to prepare.
Even though Manuwa is a much larger opponent than what Santos might be used to at middleweight, the 34-year-old said at a media event (via the UFC’s official YouTube channel) he is not worried and claims he can surprise Jimi at any given point during the fight.
“His boxing is great, top notch, he has heavy hands and is a big, strong guy for the weight class,” Santos said. “I’m a guy who likes to move around, unlike him. I’ll exploit that, my unorthodox striking, my stance switching, I have strikes that can surprise him at any time. I’m going to capitalize on that.”
Thiago Santos is expected to take on Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231, on December 8, in Toronto, Canada. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion, Max Holloway, and top contender, Brian Ortega.