This past weekend at UFC 210, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier successfully defended his light heavyweight title for the second time as he submitted light heavyweight knockout artist Anthony Johnson in the second round.
Following the fight, Cormier took some shots at the #4 ranked light heavyweight in the world, Jimi Manuwa, something that didn’t sit too well with the streaking light heavyweight contender.
Jimi Manuwa spoke to MMAJunkie:
“Why didn’t he come over himself? He was about 10 feet away from me,” Manuwa said. “He’s hiding behind his team. And I told him, ‘Listen, this ain’t no MMA (expletive) sports business. I get down for real. You can’t do this big brother thing with me. I don’t suffer none of that.’”
“Cormier’s probably the first person that I’ve kind of had something with,” Manuwa said. “To be fair, I respected Cormier. He’s the champion of the division. I think he’s quite a boring fighter; he’s not the most boring, but he’s wrestling, and it’s not that great for the fans. That’s probably why he’s not so popular with the fans. But I said that in an interview, and he took it like, ‘Oh, he said I’m a boring fighter.’ He came to me and called me out when I was cageside.”
While Cormier is of course the light heavyweight champion, Manuwa has proved that he belongs alongside the elite of the elite at 205 pounds as he has picked up back to back knockout wins over Ovince Saint Preux, and most recently Corey Anderson. The way Manuwa sees it, Cormier knows he’s a threat:
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“I think he felt the presence,” Manuwa said. “That’s why he forced himself to come to me. He’s the champion, and he came to me. He’s like, ‘Do you want to fight?’ I’m like, ‘Why do you think I’m here?’ I’m sitting cageside watching the fight. He felt the presence, and he knows deep down. Why would he come to me? I’m No. 4; I’m no one in the division. He knows.”
“He knows I’ll break the rest of his face, as well,” Manuwa said. “I swear.”