UFC Fight Night 107 on Saturday March 18, 2017 in London is expected to be one of the hottest competitions in the year so far. Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson are set to take on each other in the headliner scheduled for five rounds. Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson also face off in the 170 pound co-event while Brad Pickett and Marion Vera are also scheduled to go hell for leather at each other as Pickett seeks to end his combat sports career on a high not. Makwan Amir Khan and Arnold Allen are part of the main card.
So who’s going to come out in the O2 Arena in London? Let’s try and look deeper than a crystal ball.
Poster boy Jimi Manuwa (16-2) vs Corey Anderson (9-2)
Manuwa is capable of putting up a good fight and even brags about it. He has also made no bones about picking at the others in the 205-pound division who have turned down fights against him. That said, the fact is that Manuwa aka ‘poster boy’ failed to make good of two opportunities. He failed to get the better of Alexander Gustafsson and was demolished at UFC 191 by the Brit, Anthony Johnson. So is his bragging really got any fuel? At 37, Manuwa doesn’t seem to have enough steam although he could pull it off against mid-tier fighters including Corey Anderson.
Speaking of Anderson, he too hasn’t had a pretty good run in the last eight fights. He won only two of them. It could be that his skill set isn’t refined as yet. What works for him is that he seems to be a better athlete and can frustrate Manuwa but the question of whether he could keep up the pace over five rounds, is still debatable. Therefore, the gods seem to be in favor of Manuwa winning by a knockout.
Author : Rory McGregor