MFC light heavyweight champion Ryan Jimmo has one of the longest winning streaks in MMA at fifteen. However, because he fights only in Canada and hasn’t been facing opponents who are considered Top 10 (or even 20) in the world, Jimmo is often criticized for winning.
“My last couple of opponents were Top 30 or 50 in the world and I maybe took five clean shots in those fights. So if that kind of competition can barely lay a finger on me, I think it shows that I belong in the upper echelon.” Jimmo recently told Five Ounces of Pain in an exclusive interview. “Even though I haven’t had the opportunity to fight the best, if you look at how I handled those guys, I don’t think anyone can criticize that.”
On October 7, Jimmo takes on former PRIDE and UFC fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at MFC 31 in one of his toughest bouts to date. Even though “The African Assassin” hasn’t quite lived up to the hype that surrounded him after he knocked out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona, Jimmo knows that Sokoudjou is no push-over.
“He is very fast and explosive, very dangerous and can knock out anyone in the world, which he’s already proved. I have to watch out for his explosiveness. I can’t beat him there. I have to devise a game plan in order to exploit his weaknesses.”
Jimmo’s bout again Sokoudjou will be his ninth time fighting under the MFC banner and his 17th time fighting in Canada. In fact, he’s never fought professionally outside of his native country, something he’s hoping to change in the near future.
“It’s nice fighting in Canada but right now it’s time for me to expand outside of Canada and put my footprint in other parts of the world.”
In order to put his footprint in other parts of the world, Jimmo may need to leave the MFC. “My ultimate goal is to be UFC champion someday,” said Jimmo. “We talked to (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and he said that if I win this fight, they’ll be looking to sign me. I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch though.”
One thing Jimmo has become known for is his post-fight celebration. After getting his hand raised in victory, Jimmo likes to break out the robot, a move he’s been working on even before he started fighting.
“I started doing the robot when I was like fourteen while watching Much Music and they were break dancing. I always wanted attention when I was a kid so I thought if I learned how to break dance then I’ll get attention. So after my fight I wanted to stand out so I did the robot, almost as a joke. Then people wanted to see it after and I was more than happy to oblige.”
When I asked Ryan if we were going to see the robot on October 7, he was quick to respond with, “You certainly are. I’ve been working on it too and planning it out.”
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