On March 18th, Fight Night 107 takes the UFC to The O2 Arena in London.
After two underwhelming pay-per-view events, the UFC is looking to bounce back. But the upcoming Fight Night does not feature any big-name bouts, nor does contain any significant fights.
So don’t expect a lot of buzz for this event. But the great thing about low expectations is that it leaves you open to be pleasantly surprised. Here’s a look at the main event.
Jimi Manuwa (-150) vs. Corey Anderson (+120)
The light heavyweight division has been dormant for way too long. With the absence of Jon Jones, it feels like the division is just treading water and awaiting his return. The UFC wants to put an end to that. UFC 210, the upcoming PPV event, features a rematch between current champion Daniel Cormier and the number one title contender, Anthony Johnson.
The problem is, other than Cormier and Johnson, there aren’t too many fighters that stand out in the division at the moment. Manuwa vs Anderson hopes to change that. Fourth-ranked light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa (16-2) and sixth-ranked Corey Anderson (9-2) will both be looking to make a name for themselves in the upcoming Fight Night.
Jimi Manuwa is the former UCMMA light heavyweight champion, but since joining the UFC he hasn’t done so well. He’s been given two big fights so far and has lost both, getting knocked out by Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. He may be ranked fourth in the division, but there’s a clear gap between him and the top three.
Corey Anderson made his mark in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs Team Penn, but he’s failed to accomplish much since. The only notable fight of his career so far was against Shogun Rua, who he narrowly lost to by split decision.
At 37 years old, Manuwa is at the tail-end of his career. He’ll enter the octagon as the favorite with the British crowd cheering him on. While he may not be on the same level as Cormier or Johnson, he should be able to pull one out over Anderson.
Pick: Jimi Manuwa (-150)
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