Ever since Jimi Manuwa finished Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107 in March, he has been calling for a title shot. If he beats Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214, he will take one more step towards getting his wish.
However, with the likelihood that his team mate, Alexander Gustafsson, will get a title shot before him, Manuwa is eyeing up another possibility – a showdown with fellow Brit and former boxing world champion, David Haye.
Manuwa called Haye out immediately after he scored his sensational knockout victory over Anderson in London. Amongst the hype of Mayweather vs McGregor rumours that were flying around at the time, many believed that Manuwa was simply trying to jump on the bandwagon. However, now that Mayweather vs McGregor has been confirmed for August 25th, Haye vs Manuwa doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore.
“I know the title shot is coming. It doesn’t matter whether I get it now, the end of the year or sometime after that. I know it’s coming so I just need my next win,” Manuwa told MMAFighting.com.
“I know there are bigger things to come after this fight, whether it’s the title shot or the fight with David Haye. As I said, there are a lot of options and they are big options.
“I’ve just got to get Volkan out of the way and then I can look forward to big things.”
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) July 25, 2017
Apparently, Manuwa has already discussed the prospect of fighting Haye with UFC President, Dana White. However, if Manuwa fails to defeat the impressive Volkan Oezdemir, he may not get the title shot, or indeed the Haye fight, that he so desires.
“A boxing match with David Haye is still a big option for me. And I’d be looking to take his head off in London.
“We’re going to know much more after this fight. I really believe that if I dispatch Oezdemir it will be a title shot or the David Haye fight, so we’ll have to see what happens.
“That’s why I met with Dana. I was meant to have the title shot after my last fight, but Jon Jones said he was coming back. I can’t argue with that, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is a massive fight.
“All I know is that a big fight will be coming after my next fight.”
“I’ve got options so I’m easy. Like Conor (McGregor) says, options are a beautiful thing. I can go up and down in weight and I could do boxing,” he explained.
“I spoke to Dana White before my last fight and we really have some great options at the moment. That’s why I’m not too bothered. I’d be happy for Gustafsson if he gets another title shot.”
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