Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This light heavyweight matchup between Santos and Manuwa was expected to produce fireworks and it didn’t disappoint. Santos entered the contest on a two-fight win streak and was coming off of a TKO victory against Eryk Anders in his UFC debut at 205 pounds. Manuwa was in need of a win after dropping back-to-back fights to Jan Blachowicz and Volkan Oezdemir.
Both men had their moments in Round 1, but it looked like Manuwa would get the better of his Brazilian counterpart after a wild opening five minutes of action. However, Santos turned it up in the second round and left Manuwa crumpled on the canvas after a flurry against the fence. Santos would follow up this win with a TKO of Jan Blachowicz that earned him a title shot against UFC champion Jon Jones.