This weekend at UFC 220, it is going to be Daniel Cormier defending the UFC Light Heavyweight Title against Volkan Oezdemir.
Jimi Manuwa is a top contender for the 205 pound strap and he believes that Cormier is going to retain the gold on Saturday Night.
“It’s an interesting fight, but on paper DC should win the fight all day long,” Manuwa told MMA Fighting. “At the same time, on paper I should have won my fight against Volkan all day long as well. Volkan could shock the world. I wouldn’t put it past him. At light heavyweight, it only takes one good shot, as we all know. It will be interesting, but I think DC will grind him out and possibly get the win by the third round. I think he should win it by the third, but it’s fighting and it’s hard to predict these things. Again, DC should win, but you can’t rule Volkan out because he’s a hard-hitter. He could shock the world. It’s very interesting.”
Manuwa has never fought DC before, but has suffered a brutal knockout loss to Oezdemir at UFC 214.
Speaking of the bout with Oezdemir, it is a loss that Manuwa wouldn’t mind avenging.
“Honestly, I swear to God, I can’t wait to get in there and rematch him. I’ve been quiet because I don’t like to talk too much, but that’s the one loss that I definitely want to rematch,” says Manuwa.
UFC 220 takes place on Saturday, January 20 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.