Jimi Manuwa surprised Alexander Gustafsson isn't ducking him ahead of UFC London
That's something that came as a surprise to "Poster Boy," who was convinced "The Mauler" would turn the fight down to protect his spot in the division's pecking order, according to comments Manuwa made to Fighters Only:
"Alex is a huge test for me, but it is one I have long dreamed of. I'm ready to take this opportunity to climb up the light-heavyweight ladder and get closer to my goal of being a UFC champion. I asked for this fight and thought Alex would avoid me, but he is a true professional and I have great respect for him. [Gustafsson] knows my record and he knows how unpredictable every fight can be in the UFC. We've seen Silva, Jones and GSP all showing their vulnerability this year."