Jon Jones Next Fight: Jimi Manuwa Linked to 'Bones' But Bout Is Unlikely to Happen

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 03/20/17 08:30PM EDT

With 15 stoppages in 17 wins, Jimi Manuwa has barged into the collective thoughts of MMA fans as a hot prospect. His name is now being mentioned as a possible opponent for Jon Jones in his next fight.

However, the 37-year-old quickly said that he is not interested in fighting "Bones" even if it might make him one of the marquee fighters in the UFC. After Manuwa knocked out Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107, casual fans still do not recognize his name.

Even if Manuwa is interested in Jon Jones' next fight, "Bones" is not allowed to step on the Octagon until after July this year. The reason for his suspension still weighs on the Brit fighter's mind. "I'm not interested in Jon Jones. Jon Jones takes steroids and now he's been banned for steroids," he said.

Manuwa also hinted that he was let down by Jones because he used to be a big fan of the fighter. "He's a great fighter. I greatly respect him, but he's been banned for steroids and that taints everything that he's done," he added.

He is waiting on the wings to fight whoever will emerge victorious in the Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson in April. In fact, after stopping Anderson last Saturday, Manuwa called out Cormier and Johnson.

Manuwa said he has earned the right to fight for the title, and there is nobody else out there who can challenge him. One of the names would be Alex Gustafsson but it looks like the fight is off the table.

The third-ranked light heavyweight, Glover Teixiera, also backed out and that is the only chance Manuwa is giving him. Nevertheless, if the offer comes his way to become the other half of Jon Jones' next fight, Manuwa said he willl fight him, but only if it involves a world title.

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