Jimi Manuwa Frustrated He Can’t Seem to Get a Top 10 Opponent To Accept a Fight With Him
Jimi Manuwa asked the UFC for several top 10 ranked opponents but he got the same answer back for every, single one of them.
After a long list of potential opponents seemed out of reach, Manuwa finally settled for a fight against Jan Blachowicz, who he faces this weekend at UFC Fight Night in London. Manuwa previously defeated Blachowicz in a fairly one sided contest back in 2015 so it’s understandable why the British knockout artist was somewhat frustrated that was the only fight he could
Time and time again, Manuwa has asked to face former title contender Glover Teixeira but for some reason he just doesn’t seem interested in taking the fight. So Manuwa eventually had to move on, which is how he ended up in the rematch with Blachowicz.
“I wanted to fight a top five guy. I wanted the No. 3 guy Glover Teixeira,” Manuwa told MMANytt. “I said let me fight Glover, they said Glover doesn’t want to fight. I said let me fight “Shogun” [Rua], they said “Shogun” doesn’t want to fight. I said who else is available in the top 10? They said no one was available to fight in the whole top 10. I said who’s available to fight in the whole light heavyweight division? Only Jan Blachowicz said yes so I said give me Jan Blachowicz.
“That’s the reason we’re fighting.”
Manuwa doesn’t mince words when it comes to his frustration with Teixeira after trying to land that fight several times in recent years.
Of course, Manuwa would love the chance to face former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as well but he’ll give him a pass versus his opinion on why Teixeira seems to be avoiding him.
“I can’t put my finger on it. I can’t understand it. I don’t want to say they’re scared because I don’t know what it is,” Manuwa said. “If they are scared, I’d be shocked because I was once a fan of these people. “Shogun” is a legend, I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He can do what he wants. I’ll leave “Shogun” alone.
“Teixeira, I don’t understand it. I don’t want to say he’s scared but what else can it be? I don’t understand it.”
As far as the rematch with Blachowicz goes, Manuwa isn’t disappointed by the fight nor is he looking at this as just an easy win in front of a home crowd this weekend.
In fact, Manuwa sees plenty of ways to improve on his last performance against Blachowicz while also looking to get back on track following a loss in his most recent fight.
“At the end of the day I’ve got to solidify my position as the No. 4 ranked fighter in the world,” Manuwa said. “I don’t lack motivation. I have motivation to win. He’s the only fighter that I’ve gone the distance with so I plan to rectify that and get another knockout.”