He may not have been granted the next shot at Daniel Cormier, but Jimi Manuwa will be primed and ready if anything goes awry with the scheduled DC-Jon Jones matchup at UFC 214.
That’s because the Brit is set to be drafted in as part of that July 29 fight card as an insurance policy for the UFC should there be any issue that threatens the title fight.
Chatting to reporters in a media scrum following the UFC 211 weigh-ins, UFC president Dana White explained that the Cormier v Jones bout will headline the card, but he’s going to book the British knockout artist a fight on the same card to keep the main event alive should anything crop up to threaten either Cormier’s or Jones’ participation.
“DC and Jon Jones WILL BE the main event,” he explained.
“I’m bringing in Manuwa to fight on the undercard there. So if anything happens, Jimi Manuwa will be ready to go and will step in for somebody falling out.”
Manuwa’s most likely opponent for that event would seem to be Brazilian Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, who has been linked with a bout with the Brit on more than one occasion in the past.
And with Cormier only having eyes for Jones now, ‘The Posterboy’ will have to take out another top contender to keep himself in pole position to face the winner.
Watch Dana White’s full media scrum from Dallas here: