Alexander Gustafsson has his replacement for the injured Antônio Rogério Nogueira on the March 8th card in London. He'll now meet Britain's very own Jimi Manuwa and the winner will then next fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight title.
Manuwa (14-0-0) has won his first three fights in the UFC over Kyle Kingsbury, Cyrille Diabete and Ryan Jimmo, all coming by way of stoppage. He was promised a big fight next time out, and UFC President Dana White has certainly kept to his word.
This is by far the biggest fight of Manuwa's career and on par with Michael Bisping's fight against Chael Sonnen.
Alexander Gustafsson is currently ranked #2 Light Heavyweight by the UFC, and GiveMeSport.com. His last fight was a razor-thin decision loss to Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight title, in a fight that was a classic and could have went either way.
Gustafsson looked for an immediate rematch, as did Dana White however Jones claimed he already had obliged to meet Glover Teixiera in his next bout - some say his was ducking the Swede.
It was expected that Daniel Cormier was going to possibly make his Light Heavyweight debut against the Swede after Nogueira pulled out. However Dana White said Cormier has never made it to 205 before."
"This fight is going to be over in London. Manuwa is undefeated. He's a big, nasty striker and he's a Light Heavyweight."
This fight could be another gruelling battle for Gustafsson. Manuawa has awesome stand up and is very aggressive.
However he has never been tested on the ground. With a win, there's no doubt that Gustafsson will gain another shot the the UFC title.
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