Jimi Manuwa on Jon Jones: ‘I think I could knock him out’

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Jimi Manuwa is set to fight The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 champion Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107 on Saturday in London. Few days before the bout, Manuwa also expressed his intention to fight former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.

“Of course, I’d love to fight him,” Manuwa said. “He’s the greatest fighter of all time. Why not? I think I could knock him out. He’s fought Teixeira, who is one-dimensional and doesn’t have the variety of striking that I’ve got. Jones has never fought a knockout specialist. I’d like to see him fight either me or ‘Rumble’, and see how he puts up with getting hit on the chin.”

After Anthony Johnson defeated him at UFC 191, Jimi Manuwa bounced back with an incredible knockout victory against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 204. If he succeeds in doing the same thing to Corey Anderson, it will strengthen his chance of getting a title shot. Manuwa and Anderson currently rank No. 4 and No. 7, respectively.

With the limited contenders in their division, there is a higher possibility that the winner of their UFC Fight Night 107 bout will face UFC light-heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, provided that he successfully defends the title against Anthony Johnson. However, Jimi Manuwa seems to be more interested in fighting Jon Jones first.

Jones made himself known and respected in the UFC since he first arrived in 2008. He ruled the light-heavyweight division for four years. However, after being involved in a hit-and-run accident, he was stripped of the belt. Jones is currently serving a one-year suspension due to anti-doping policy violation and will be able to fight again in July.

Jon Jones will definitely destroy Jimi Manuwa

The potential bout between Jimi Manuwa and Jon Jones will surely catch the attention of MMA fans. Manuwa has 14 KOs for an impressive 88-percent finishing percentage. Jones isn’t a stranger to knockout artists like Manuwa.

He took down several fighters, including Mauricio Rua. To make things more complicated for Manuwa, Jones defeated the fighters who knockout him out in his previous match like Alexander Gustaffson. However, if Jones will not be available after his bout against Anderson, Manuwa expects to fight the winner of the Cormier-Johnson fight.

“Listen, I’m ranked No 4,” he said. “One more good performance and I’m going for the title. The top three have had their chance, so I want to go straight for the title. Everyone will realize I’m not messing around.”

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