Blachowicz-Manuwa Rematch Set For UFC London
Jimi Manuwa will not get Glover Texeira, but former KSW champion Jan Blachowicz in a rematch at UFC London on March 17th.
The first time the pair fought saw Manuwa score a decision over Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow in 2015.
The UFC announced the fight on January 4th on Twitter.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) January 4, 2018
Manuwa was convinced that he would be the man to face Daniel Cormier in his next light heavyweight title, before Volkan Oezdemir jumped the line with a first-round knockout at UFC 214. Manuwa had scored two big wins before suffering defeat to Oezdemir, finishing Ovince Saint Preux in the second round at UFC 204 and a first-round knockout over Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107.
Blachowicz was in a must win situation against Devin Clark at UFC Gdansk, after losing four of his last five fights. He started 2017 with a decision loss to Patrick Cummins before he bounced back with a second-round submission win over Clark in front of his home support at UFC Fight Night 118.
The Polish light heavyweight scored the biggest win of his career at UFC on Fox 26 with a decision win over Jared Cannonier.
Manuwa had hoped to get a fight with Teixeira in 2018 after claiming both Teixeira and Mauricio Rua had turned down fights with him. Following his win over Misha Cirkunov, Teixeira claimed that he thought it made more sense for Manuwa to travel to Brazil to take him on, rather than him making the journey to take on Manuwa on home soil in the UK.