After his win over Corey Anderson, UFC light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa wants to fight for the championship next. But he also wants to compete against British boxer David Haye.
Jimi Manuwa solidified his status as a UFC light heavyweight contender and likely entered the title mix this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 107, which took place which took place at The O2 Arena in London, England. In the main event, Manuwa made short work of rising contender Corey Anderson, knocking him out with a vicious left hook only minutes into the first round.
Manuwa frequently talked about a title shot against the winner of champion Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson II, which occurs at UFC 210 next month, before the Anderson fight. So it’s no surprise he called out the winner of the rematch in his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Dan Hardy.
“Listen, listen,” Manuwa said, “I want the winner of DC and ‘Rumble.’ It’s time for a title shot now.”
Directly after that, Manuwa made another call-out. This one was not so foreseen.
“And one more thing: David Haye, let’s do this,” he said. “Dana White, Eddie Hearn, let’s make it happen.”
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Manuwa also wants to compete against Haye, a British former two-division boxing champion who came out of retirement in 2016, in a boxing match. Later at the post-fight press conference, Manuwa added that he would like to fight Haye on the undercard of a potential Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor match.
But at the end of the day, the UFC championship is Manuwa’s priority. The Cormier vs. Johnson winner is who he wants next — he’s saving Haye for a later time.
“That’s what I work for, that’s what I go to training every day for,” Manuwa said. “When I first started mixed martial arts, that’s all I wanted — the title. And that’s what I’m working for. I believe that’s going to be my next fight.”