Jimi Manuwa continued his rise to the summit of the light-heavyweight division with an emphatic first-round knockout win over Corey Anderson at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.
The left hook knockout from hell elevates Manuwa – currently ranked No 4 at light-heavyweight in the UFC – to a position where he could quite conceivably be next in line to challenge incumbent champion Daniel Cormier after his contest with Anthony Johnson.
Manuwa wasted no time in calling for his shot. And for good measure, even called out David Haye – in a boxing match. After a tentative start in the headliner, it was Manuwa who eventually found a home for a spiteful left hook that sent Corey Anderson tumbling to the canvas.
“I’d probably go for the UFC title fight (first),” Manuwa said at the post-fight presser. “But at the same time, why not have a fight with David Haye? Two of the hardest hitters in London and I think that fight makes sense.
"Conor wants to fight Mayweather. Why not have me and Haye on the same card?” Manuwa said.
Manuwa certainly his his sights set high for his next fight, but there’s one name he’s not worrying about: former champion Jon Jones. Jones is serving a suspension for a banned substance and is expected to return in the summer.
“I’m not interested in Jon Jones,” he said. “Jon Jones takes steroids, and he’s been banned for steroids. Before, I was a big fan of Jon and the things he’s done in the octagon. But he’s been suspended for one year because he’s had issues before. He’s a great fighter, and I respect him. But he’s been done for steroids, and that taints everything that he’s done. So I’m not really interested."