Jimi Manuwa is preparing to headline UFC Fight Night 107 against Corey Anderson, it will be the second time he has headlined a UFC card. While Manuwa and Anderson wasn’t the originally planned main event, it was Manuwa who got the UFC brass to give him (and Anderson) the opportunity.
“I asked for it and it was done no questions asked,” Manuwa told Bloody Elbow. “I texted Dana and told him I felt I should have been main event in London. Who else is going to be main event? I’m ranked #5 in the world and that speaks for itself. The deal was done the same day. Nothing has changed for me other than now I’m the main fight of the night. I’m going to put on a performance as usual. I believe I should have been main event anyway. I don’t know whether they were struggling so I put a call in.”
Manuwa also wants to be the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion by the end of 2017, he also wants revenge against one of the two men who defeated him during his UFC tenure.
“I would prefer Rumble to win as he’s more of an exciting fighter,” Manuwa said. “Cormier is a boring fighter. I don’t like watching him fight, I’d like to fight him at some point but I would love a rematch with Johnson. I’m leaning more toward Cormier winning though as he is tough enough to withstand the onslaught of Johnson.”
UFC Fight Night 107 takes place on Saturday, March 18 from The 02 in London, England with Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson headlining.