Manuwa, Pickett Defend at UCUK’s “Payback”


Jimi Manuwa. Photo courtesy of Ultimate Challenge UK.

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Jimi Manuwa successfully defended his 205 lb title with a second-round KO of Ultimate Warrior Challenge veteran Luke Blythe at Ultimate Challenge UK’s “Payback” event last night at the Troxy in London, England.

Former Cage Rage standout Brad Pickett also held on to his UCUK featherweight belt, submitting one-time UFC lightweight David Lee with a guillotine choke in the first round. The win extends Pickett’s current streak to seven.

Neil Grove was scheduled to defend his UCUK heavyweight title against winless German fighter Markus Hipp in the show’s main event, but the bout was scrapped after Hipp reportedly collapsed backstage at some point during the event. Grove will now reportedly defend his belt against heavy-handed PRIDE and EliteXC veteran James Thompson in October.

Complete results from the event courtesy of Sherdog.com:

Jimi Manuwa def. Luke Blythe - KO (Punch), R2
Brad Pickett def. David Lee - Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Shaun Lomas def. Jamie Hearn - Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Paul Reed def. Brad Wheeler - Unanimous Decision
Wesley Johnson def. Danny Fletcher - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
Lee Doski def. Jamaine Facey - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Jack Magee def. Richard Griffin - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
John Kelly def. Alex Harvey - TKO (Strikes), R2
Radek Piechnik def. Roy Allison—TKO (Strikes), R1

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