Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will send Jimi Manuwa into the five-round main event for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 107 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, locked and loaded for this Saturday (March 18, 2017) inside O2 Arena in London, England.
If the fact that he’s fighting The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 champion Corey Anderson isn’t floating your proverbial boat, don’t blame it on “Poster Boy,” who was rejected by sevreral top light heavyweights (see them here) prior to his return across the pond.
And with just a few days to go before fight night, I thought it would be prudent for us to talk about someone other than his opponent, like former UFC 205-pound kingpin Jon Jones, because this is MMA and fantasy fights (like this one) are more important than signed fights (like this one).
“I think I could knock him out,” Manuwa told Sky Sports about Jones. “He's fought Teixeira, who is one-dimensional and doesn't have the variety of striking that I've got. Jones has never fought a knockout specialist. I'd like to see him fight either me or 'Rumble', and see how he puts up with getting hit on the chin."
Jones is serving a drug test suspension and won’t be eligible to compete until July.
“Bones” is certainly no stranger to knockout artists, having smashed Mauricio Rua for the light heavyweight title back in 2011. The hard-hitting “Shogun” has 20 knockouts in 25 wins (including this one).
Then there’s Quinton Jackson (16 KOs), Vitor Belfort (18 KOs), and Glover Teixeira (15 KOs). By comparison, Manuwa has 14 KOs for an impressive 88-percent finishing percentage.
Manuwa (16-2) rebounded from his brutal knockout loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 191 by delivering an equally-violent finish against light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint-Preux at UFC 204 back in October.
A similar finish this weekend and he could be right back in the mix.
And ready to fight again by July...