The UK’s top UFC Light Heavyweight, Jimi ‘Posterboy’ Manuwa, just shared a post on Facebook stating that a potential fight between he and David Haye is on the cards for later on this year – possibly on the undercard of Conor McGregor versus Floyd mayweather.
Jimi said that, “Myself and Dana spoke to David Haye on a conference call while I was in Vegas,” Manuwa said. “We’ve crunched pay-per-view numbers and Dana is very interested in the fight. The fight between me and David Haye will probably happen either before the end of this year or early in 2018 because of his injury. It will possibly be a cross promotion between Hayemaker Promotions and the UFC on pay-per-view.
“We are both from London so it will be a packed crowd if we stage this at the O2,” Manuwa said. “Everything is going forward slowly, in the meantime we are getting Boxing licenses ready and everything is looking good.
“David Haye is a former world champion. The British Board of Boxing Control will sanction the fight as I’m a professional fighter and I fight all the time. I box with Dillian Whyte, a pro boxer, I have a pro boxing coach, it’s not as big a mismatch as the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight.”
Before then, Jimi Manuwa has the little matter of UFC 214 to look forward to. Jimi is currently in camp in Sweden, preparing to step in, if needs be, in the Daniel Cormier versus Jon Jones 2 fight card. Although he’s currently without an opponent, Dana White announced that Jimi would be ready to fight should an opponent become free through whatever circumstance.
“…I’m fighting and I don’t care what people think. When I do take the fight and take Cormier’s head off everyone’s jaw will f—king hit the floor. I’m super confident and I fear no man, a fight is a fight.
“I don’t have an opponent,” he said. “Shogun doesn’t want to fight. The top four are all booked I’m left at the moment without an opponent. It’s a weird situation but Dana said the other day that he wants me on the card but we have to see what he comes up with. I don’t want to fight anyone ranked lower than me. I’ve got a feeling there will be some news soon though.”
Whoever Jimi ends up fighting on UFC 214, we’re pretty certain he’s going to be ready and, given his one punch finish against Corey Anderson on UFC London last month, we hope his opponent is too…