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Jimi Manuwa 'definitely' wants to be on London card

ESPN staff
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Jimi Manuwa insists he will be gunning for a place on the February UFC card in London, and he does not care who the UFC matches him with.

The announcement came on Wednesday that the UFC will head to Wembley Arena on February 16, although no fight match-ups have yet been confirmed.

Manuwa was outstanding on UFC debut at the last UK event in Nottingham, stopping Kyle Kingsbury on doctor advice. Fighting out of London, it seems only natural that the undefeated light-heavyweight will appear on the next English card.

"Definitely, London's my home city so I'd definitely want to be on that card," Manuwa told the ESPN UFC Podcast.

Manuwa was linked to an encounter with Thiago Silva before the Brazilian was recently suspended, but the 32-year-old does not care who he meets next. The only names he would not fancy are team-mates at Alliance, which boasts the likes of Phil Davis, Alexander Gustafsson and Brandon Vera.

"I train for whoever my opponent is, I'll leave it to my manager because I'll fight anyone at the moment. I know 100 per cent I can win the belt. I wouldn't be fighting if I couldn't," Manuwa said.

"I wouldn't be interested in fighting [the likes of] Brandon because of my connection with Alliance. It's the team-mates thing.

"Anyone else [who's not a team-mate], Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Thiago Silva, I'll fight anyone. They're all tough fights."

The idea of Cyrille Diabate was put to Manuwa, who replied: "Whether my manager said Cyrille [Diabate] or Rashad [Evans], I'd fight anyone."

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