Jimi Manuwa is slated to take on Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 127 on March 17 in London. That bout is a rematch of their 2015 encounter which Jimi won via unanimous decision.
Manuwa headlined last year’s London fight card and where he stopped Corey Anderson with a vicious first-round knockout and is honored to do so again. However, UFC Fight Night 107 initially wasn’t announced as the main event, but their clash got announced as the main event at a later date.
Jimi thinks it’s likely that he will headline consecutive UFC London cards in his upcoming bout with Blachowicz while speaking to MMAHour.
“Yeah, there’s a chance; there’s always a chance,”
“I main evented the show in London last year and I gave the fans a spectacular knockout. It is what it is, I wouldn’t mind being the main event on it, so we’ll see what happens.”
“(UFC) haven’t told me anything, but we’ll see what happens. I was main event last time. The main event doesn’t really bother me, I just want to put on a great performance and get the win.”
Recently, Jimi Manuwa voiced his frustrated by contenders declining fights, and on being asked to describe what a win over Blachowicz in March will do for him, UFC light heavyweight is nothing if not honest.
Glover declined. Shogun declined.
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) December 21, 2017
As most logical opponent for the “Poster Boy” was Glover Teixeira, this is the second time he’s turned him down as he left with no choice to accept Jan’s fight.
“A little bit, but that’s due to people turning down fights,” he replied when asked if he was surprised he was booked to fight the Pole for a second time.
“He’s the only one who step up for me to fight. At the end of the day, he’s the only person I’ve been to a decision with in my career so I have to rectify that and knock him out.”
On being asked, if he is interested in facing DC down the road, Jimi said he is confident he has what it takes to stop the champ in under three rounds.
As for his dispute with Daniel Cormier, who recently beat Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220- Jimi says while he respects him as a champion, he simply doesn’t like him, as his personality is not good, think himself above everyone.
Do you think Jimi will gain an easy victory over Jan Blachowicz?