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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Report: Daniel Cormier to Defend Title vs. Either Jon Jones or Jimi Manuwa

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ESPNís Brett Okamoto has confirmed with UFC president Dana White that Daniel Cormierís next title defense will come in July.

Appearing on an edition of ďSportsCenterĒ Monday night, Okamoto reported that Cormier will face Jon Jones or Jimi Manuwa. Jones will get the fight if he is ready, if not, it will go to Manuwa.


The bout will be part of UFC 214 in Anaheim on July 29.

Earlier this month, Manuwa made his presence known when he appeared Octagon-side following Cormierís successful title defense vs. Anthony Johnson. Jones was also in attendance that night in Buffalo.

Cormier and Jones (22-1) were scheduled to meet this past July for a second time, but the former champion failed a pre-fight drug test and was removed. He has been serving a suspension since, with that suspension to end in July.

Cormier (19-1) has won four in a row, including two title defenses vs. Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. He also bested Anderson Silva in a non-title fight at UFC 200.

Jones returned last April with a decision win over Ovince Saint Preux, claiming the interim title. He never lost the belt, as it was stripped due to outside-the-Octagon issues following his win over Cormier in 2015.

Manuwa, who was born in Sacramento but now competes out of London, is 17-2 in his career. Of those 17 wins, 15 have been via knockout for the 37-year-old, including each of his last two.

After winning his first 14 pro fights, including three in the UFC all via TKO, Manuwa was matched up with Gustafsson in 2014. He suffered a second round TKO loss, ending his run to a title shot.
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Manuwa will get smashed unless he can land something fast, he deserves a shot none the less.
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Manuwa will get smashed unless he can land something fast, he deserves a shot none the less.
Yup pretty much this. I see him as basically a slightly weaker Anthony Johnson clone without the wrestling.

I don't see what he can pull that AJ couldn't in 2 fights, other than sticking to his strengths more and catching DC.

Definitely deserves it though if Jones can't make it.
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Has to be Jones. Even if we have to wait a little longer. I like Jimi a lot, but he's not beating DC. DC vs Jones has to happen this year.
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I don't see how Jimi has a chance in hell. DC has taken some of the most brutal shots from arguably the biggest puncher in the sport in AJ. He took a flush overhand right that has put everyone else down in the first fight and stood right back up and then took a clean head kick in the second and didn't even go down. I don't see anyone really being able to KO him unless they go to the body, but the DC is so short and a great wrestler, so kicks are kind of off limits and DC's height makes it difficult to go there with hands.

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Jimi Manuwa's wrestling improved dramatically after training with Gustafsson.

Manuwa could also be a harder hitter than Rumble. He barely touched Corey Anderson and OSP.

He barely touched them and sent them flying across the cage. It almost looked fake.


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I'd rather see the Jimi fight than create a false trilogy because Jones was rusty


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I don't see how Jimi has a chance in hell. DC has taken some of the most brutal shots from arguably the biggest puncher in the sport in AJ. He took a flush overhand right that has put everyone else down in the first fight and stood right back up and then took a clean head kick in the second and didn't even go down. I don't see anyone really being able to KO him unless they go to the body, but the DC is so short and a great wrestler, so kicks are kind of off limits and DC's height makes it difficult to go there with hands.
It's a bad mentality to have, everyone gets KO'd and Cormier would be no exception with the right placement and power.
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It's a bad mentality to have, everyone gets KO'd and Cormier would be no exception with the right placement and power.
I think Jimi hits harder than Rumble, but I give him less chance than Rumble who is clearly better rounded.

A punchers chance is all Jimi has, he can definitely sleep Cormier, I just don't see it happening.


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I feel like this thread has taken a turn for the surreal.........Jimi hits harder than Rumble? Rumble and Gus both stopped Jimi. Jimi's level of competition has been nowhere near Rumbles. Rumble KOED Glover, Bader, Gus, MANUWA, and Lil Nog.......Jimi has Koed Corey Anderson and OSP.........I dont feel like Jimi has any chance besides landing first on DC and thats it. There is no way in hell they can sell this fight as a PPV headline. He just fought Rumble and beat Rumble and now they are going to try to sell Jimi as a bigger puncher than Rumble? This has joke of a failure all over it. Its either Jones or nothing right now.
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