Jimi Manuwa challenges former boxing heavyweight champ

Jon Jones

Manuwa expressed his confidence in the division, and when prompted as to the caliber of Jones' ability as an opponent, Manuwa sounded off.

The first big shot clipped Anderson's chin and put him down on one knee, but he quickly bounced back to his feet. Jones has never fought a knockout specialist. Jouban is a very good fighter, but Nelson's improvements have me bullish to the point where I'd pick him over anyone but the 170-pound elite.

Jimi Manuwa is among the most risky strikers in the light-heavyweight division and he put fellow 205-pounder Corey Anderson away early in the main event of a UFC Fight Night event in London, England Saturday.

As the fight got underway, Manuwa immediately took to the center of the Octagon while plodding forward and cutting off space so Anderson didn't have much room to work. The bonus-winning performance gave Manuwa back-to-back highlight-reel knockouts since his September 2015 loss to Johnson, and Manuwa reiterated several times that he is a changed fighter since the first time he squared off against "Rumble". "Jon Jones takes steroids and now he has been banned for steroids".

Jones, who received a retroactive one-year suspension for his failed drug test, has yet to respond to Manuwa's comments. "I'm going to fly to Las Vegas to meet with Dana, and we'll see what happens". He now sits at No. 4 on the official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight rankings.

But at the end of the day, the UFC championship is Manuwa's priority. Manuwa was a champion himself, having earned the UCMMA light heavyweight title in 2009, which he defended five times over the next two and half years.

Jimi Manuwa is riding high off his most recent victory at UFC Fight Night 107.

What do you think of Jimi Manuwa's challenge to David Haye? He lost badly to both Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson, and still hasn't shown he can compete with the other two top light-heavyweights, Jon Jones and champion Daniel Cormier. In an interview, Manuwa explained that when he was an unbeaten prospect he was "fighting blind", not taking his opponents seriously.

Check out what they had to say below... even Corey Anderson chimed in.

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