Ryan Jimmo: “If I win this fight, UFC will be looking to sign me”

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.”

PHOTO CREDIT – MFC

7 COMMENTS
  • BigDave says:

    I’ve seen Jimmo fight several times and he looks good but weather he is top 10 material is yet to be seen a win over the african assasin will atleast be a step up from the guys he has fought. Maybea step up to Bellator would do him good or a strikeforce challengers series fight but at this point UFC is not in his immeadiate future.

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  • Dufresne says:

    The secret to beating Sokoudjou seems pretty simple at this point: survive the first round and he folds like an overly muscled lawn chair. Seriously, the guy has only gone past the 1st round 12 times and in those 12 he lost 7 of them, won one by injury and another by DQ, and the other three were decisions. So the guy has 8 first round finishes and zero finishes after 5 minutes. Sounds like a carido/will problem to me.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    I’ve seen Jimmo fight numerous times on HDNet. He’s a careful, tactical fighter who usually wins by decision. I suppose UFC has to give him a shot since he’s won so much, but his style isn’t very exciting. And I have questions about how he’ll fare in the UFC, which has tougher competition from top to bottom.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I like Jimmo, he seems like a pretty good fighter, I hope he does get past Sokoudjou, and in the UFC.

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  • MCM says:

    Jimmo is a good fighter that deserves a shot in the UFC. No he hasn’t been smashing world beaters, but Zak Cummings, Wilson Gouveia, and Emanuel Newton aren’t cans, neither is Sokoudjou. They’re all pretty good test to see if a guy is UFC caliber. I’d put Jimmo in the same category as Pee Wee, too good for the market and weight class he’s in. Whether or not he’ll make waves in the UFC is debatable, but he’s proved he at least belongs there.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    MCM well said… he deserves a shot.

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  • Batman says:

    kind of like fedor doesn’t fight cans lol

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