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09th Oct 2016

Fans loved Jimi Manuwa’s devastating KO of OSP…but his dab celebration divided opinion

Dab is just bad spelled backwards.

Kevin Beirne

By the time Jimi Manuwa and Ovince Saint Preux took to the Octagon at UFC 204, fans were pretty tired.

The decision to keep the running order on American time in order to accommodate the pay-per-view audience meant that the pair faced off at around 4am local time.

London bantamweight Brad Pickett cited the late-night kick-off as a factor in his first-round defeat to Iuri Alcantara, but Manuwa showed no signs of fatigue as he put on a clinic in his fight with OSP.

‘Poster Boy’ dominated proceedings and scored a devastating KO in the second round after tiring his opponent out.

A combination of clean head shots and powerful body blows took down OSP, and prevented Manuwa from recording consecutive defeats for the first time in his career.

You couldn’t help but be impressed by the London-based fighter who sent a message to the rest of the light heavyweight division with his cool dismantling of Saint Preux.

The 36-year-old had won over any neutrals who had somehow not heard of him already with such an astonishing performance.

After such an impressive display, Manuwa had goodwill to burn. All he had to do was stick the landing and not immediately piss everyone off.

Still, there were plenty who enjoyed the playful side of the California-born fighter.

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