Who were the winners at UFC Fight Night London: Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson?
The greatest 205-pounder of all-time, Jon "Bones" Jones, is due to return from a one-year suspension for a failed USADA test in July and with the UFC lacking star power he is his likely to take centre-stage.
Manuwa immediately called out the victor of the upcoming light-heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson - before mentioning a boxing match against fellow Londoner David Haye. "Jon Jones takes steroids and now he's been banned for steroids". "But I'm focused on the belt right now, and that's going to be the victor of DC and 'Rumble" Johnson'. 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.
"I'm so thankful to the UFC, for giving me this platform to show my skills", Pickett said.
Manuwa catapulted his name into the title picture by registering an impressive victory over Corey Anderson.
"I want the victor out of DC and Rumble, it's time for a title shot now", Manuwa said. I soaked it all in as I walked out and when I got into the octagon.
After the win, though, he made it clear that he wants that challenge when he called for the victor of next month's title fight between Cormier and Johnson. "I will be fighting the elite fighters of the world, and we'll see what happens".
With talk intensifying of the most lucrative combat sports spectacle of all time coming to fruition, who can blame fighters from both boxing and MMA for trying to hype up potential cross-sport clashes of their own?
Jimi Manuwa had his celebratory promo thought out long before he got his hand raised in the main event of UFC London. So, I'd like to avenge that loss against the most feared man probably on the UFC roster in "Rumble" Johnson. "I'd like to see him fight me or "Rumble", and see how he puts up with getting hit on the chin". I plan on it before I leave this sport, and wherever it is I've got to go, I'm willing to go.
Irish lightweight Joseph Duffy (16-2) soundly defeated Reza Madadi (14-5) in a three-round decision (30-27, 20-27, 20-27), in what was the final fight of his UFC contract. I want to go home, start training again and keep on improving.