Volkan Oezdemir gets his wish: UFC 214 fight with Jimi Manuwa

Following Volkan Oezdemir's quick and pivotal win over Misha Cirkunov last weekend, it looks like the light-heavyweight could end up facing Jimi Manuwa next. It is understood that Manuwa will serve as the replacement opponent if either Cormier or Jones is forced to withdraw from their fight, which headlines UFC 214. Manuwa and Oezdemir hold the number three and five spots in the UFC light heavyweight rankings respectively.

UFC officials announced the new pairing on Wednesday.

Who do you think will win this key light heavyweight showdown between the European striking specialists Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir?

Given that Oezdemir emerged unscathed from his blink-and-you'll-miss-it fight with Cirkunov and is now ranked No.5 in the division, that it made it an easy choice to book a fight between them.

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It had already been known that the UFC were planning to have the No.3 ranked Manuwa feature on the card due to the fact that they could then use him as a back-up plan if either of the events headliners, Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones, had to pull out.

UFC 214 sees the return of Jon Jones to the Octagon and the rekindling of his rivalry with Daniel Cormier in Anaheim. Inside the cage, "Poster Boy" (17-2) is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson.

On the same night that the highly anticipated rematch between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will headline, the two lightweight contenders will battle to put themselves next in line to face the victor.

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