Jimi Manuwa scored a KO victory at UFC London over Corey Anderson
20 March, 2017, 17:38 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
"Posterboy" took a giant step towards 5£3 light-heavyweight crown earlier this evening at UFC Fight Night 107 in front of his home crowd at the O2 Arena in London. The 38-year-old is one of two men to defeat current flyweight and pound-for-pound kingpin Demetrious Johnson.
The impressive nature of the performance thrust Manuwa into the top tier of UFC light heavyweights, and afterward, the 37-year-old Brit seized the moment to call for his shot at the victor of the upcoming championship rematch between UFC titleholder Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. "No problem. But I'm focused on the belt right now, and that's the victor of (the UFC 210 headliner)".
After his second straight highlight-reel knockout, Manuwa used the occasion to lobby for a title shot.
On his loss to Rumble, Manuwa was even more critical of his performance; "I took a lot of good stuff from the "Rumble" fight like my weight, my strength". It was the last fight of the Irishman's UFC contract, but hopefully it's not the last time we see the Montreal-based fighter facing off against top-level opponents.
"I'm not interested in Jon Jones". "I told Alex (Gustafsson) and Jimi after, "Thank you for letting me step in the cage with you.' Not that I'm over-respecting him, but I respect him as he's the No. 4-ranked guy (in the official UFC rankings)".
After the win, though, he made it clear that he wants that challenge when he called for the victor of next month's title fight between Cormier and Johnson. UFC President Dana White first stated that he'd "never risk a main event with Jon Jones again", but later retracted his comment and explained that "Jones would probably try to get his title back".
While a UFC title shot would likely fulfil a career goal of Manuwa's, there's no doubting that a clash with Haye would represent Manuwa's biggest payday to date. "I owe it all to the UFC for giving me the platform to perform".
That said, if UFC matchmakers opt to book him in a fight against Jones, he won't turn it down. "I was expecting him to try some of his takedowns but he didn't cause me too many problems". "When I first started mixed martial arts, that's all I wanted - the title".
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