UFC light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa appeared recently on MMAjunkie Radio and discussed division champion Daniel Cormier’s callout at UFC 210 from inside the Octagon. Later the pair crossed paths backstage, but instead of having words, Cormier directed UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman to grab Manuwa’s shoulder to “see if he’s strong.”
Manuwa concedes he has lost a few in the cage, but says on the streets … never. And he was willing to fight Cormier on the spot.
“Why didn’t he come over himself? He was about 10 feet away from me,” said Manuwa, as transcribed by Steven Marrocco for MMAjunkie. “He’s hiding behind his team. And I told him, ‘Listen, this ain’t no MMA (expletive) sports business. I get down for real. You can’t do this big brother thing with me. I don’t suffer none of that.’”
“Cormier’s probably the first person that I’ve kind of had something with. To be fair, I respected Cormier. He’s the champion of the division. I think he’s quite a boring fighter; he’s not the most boring, but he’s wrestling, and it’s not that great for the fans. That’s probably why he’s not so popular with the fans. But I said that in an interview, and he took it like, ‘Oh, he said I’m a boring fighter.’ He came to me and called me out when I was cageside.”
“I think he felt the presence. That’s why he forced himself to come to me. He’s the champion, and he came to me. He’s like, ‘Do you want to fight?’ I’m like, ‘Why do you think I’m here?’ I’m sitting cageside watching the fight. He felt the presence, and he knows deep down. Why would he come to me? I’m No. 4; I’m no one in the division. He knows.”
“He knows I’ll break the rest of his face, as well. I swear.”