UK Favorite Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa (16–2) will lock horns with Corey “Overtime” Anderson (9-2) this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event in the O2 Arena, England, and try to add another knockout on his resume.
Both fighters have lost twice in their UFC careers but this fight holds extreme importance not only because it will affect their UFC rankings but also, the winner will be in line for a title shot against the light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
The contest is between the two completely different styles of fighters, as Manuwa relies on his incredible striking skills, whereas his American opponent is a superior wrestler. The Englishman has knocked out 15 of his last 16 opponents in either 1st or 2nd round. His solitary win that went to the distance was against Jan Błachowicz two years ago.
The British fighter believes that Anderson will be forced to go down on the ground and avoid direct confrontation in terms of striking and try to keep his distance and grab any chance for a takedown. However, this is not going to be easy, as most of Manuwa’s previous opponents found out.
“You know what Corey Anderson’s coming to do. He’s coming to try and wrestle me. He’s not gonna stand with me. I’ve hit hard and I hit to finish. Out of 16 wins I’ve got 15 stoppages and there’s no way he’s gonna come with his wrestling and his little pitter-patter jabs and stuff like that. He can’t make any mistakes because I’ll jump on him, give him hell in there. It’s inevitable that I’m gonna stop the fight.”
On Saturday night, Manuwa will definitely be the favorite, as not only he will be fighting in front of his home crowd but also due to the fact, Anderson carries some consistency issues.
Whereas, for Anderson, he needs to make sure that he scores whenever he gets the chance. However, this is not going to be an easy task, as any defensive mistake by him could land an opening for Manuwa who most likely deliver a KO blow.