After knocking out Corey Anderson in the first round last night (Sat. March 18, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 107 inside The O2 in London, England with a devastating left hook (see it), Jimi Manuwa thinks its about time he get his title shot.
Speaking backstage after his victory, “Posterboy” laid out his championship case, saying there isn’t no one in front of him left to fight and vowing that he won’t step into the Octagon to rematch his training partner, Alexander Gustafsson.
“I believe I should be fighting for the title now. I’ve knocked out two opponents in spectacular fashion, and I want the winner out of “DC” and “Rumble.” I believe that is the only fight for me now. Everyone knows I’m not going to fight Alex (Gustafsson), that’s my training partner. He does my corner, and we work everyday hard together. Teixeira had his chance with me, we were going to fight before, he bottled it, he had his chance so I’m not interested in fighting Teixiera, either. So it’s time for the winner of “DC” and “Rumble.”
Manuwa is the No. 4 ranked fighter at Light Heavyweight at the moment, though I fully expect him to overtake the aforementioned Glover Teixeira for the No. 3 spot this coming week.
That said, there really isn’t much standing in front of Manuwa as far as title contenders are concerned other than “The Mauler,” who has already come up short on his two chances to win the title. Plus, he still has to defeat Teixeira in their upcoming fight if he wants to get back into title consideration.
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