After Walkoff Knockout, Jimi Manuwa Wants Title Shot Against Cormier-Johnson Winner
By: Tristen Critchfield Mar 18, 2017
In a division starving for contenders, Jimi Manuwa
could be the next man up at light heavyweight.
Moments after knocking out Corey
Anderson with a left hook in the first round of their main
event bout at UFC
Fight Night 107 in London on Saturday, Manuwa set his sights on
even bigger game.
“Lions eat first, baby. Left hook’s always the shot. One shot, one
kill,” Manuwa said. “Listen, I want the winner of DC and ‘Rumble.’
It’s time for a title shot now.
Then, following in the footsteps of Conor
McGregor, Manuwa also mentioned interest in a boxing match with
British heavyweight David Haye. However, Manuwa reiterated that a
UFC title shot was his main priority.
“That’s what I go to work for; that’s what I go to training for,”
Manuwa said. “When I first started mixed martial arts, all I wanted
was the title. And that’s what we’re working for. I believe that’s
gonna be my next fight.”
Cormier and Johnson will meet in the UFC 210 headliner at the
Keybank Center in Buffalo on April 8. Manuwa has never faced
Cormier but already lost to “Rumble” via second-round KO at UFC 191
in September 2015. Manuwa’s only other defeat came to another No. 1
Still, “Poster Boy” has been victorious in six of eight bouts in
the Octagon and his last two appearances have been the most
impressive — knockouts of Anderson and Ovince St.
Preux. The 37-year-old Englishman is ranked No. 4 at light
heavyweight on UFC.com, behind only Cormier, Johnson, Gustafsson
Teixeira. However, Jon Jones
USADA-mandated suspension will end in July, and the long-time
former 205-pound champion could very well slide into an immediate
title shot upon his return.
For now, Manuwa will bask in the glory of a an emphatic victory in
his hometown while he waits to see what lies ahead.
“That was one of the great moments for me, getting a knockout in
front of my home crowd in London. This is going to be one of the
highlights of my career,” Manuwa said. “The crowd was amazing
tonight. I soaked it all in as I walked out and when I got into the
Octagon. The fans were just so supportive. That’s the best crowd
I’ve ever fought in front of. British fighters are working really
hard at the moment and there’s been a lot of great British talent
on the card tonight. It just shows that we are a force to be
“I think it’s only right that we have another British