A top ranked light heavyweight bout between Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir has been added to UFC 214.
UFC 214 will be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 29, 2017, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
A UFC light heavyweight title bout between current champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones will feature as the main event of the UFC 214.
Dana White specifically stated that Jimi Manuwa would be added to the fight card underneath the headliner incase Cormier or Jones pull out of their contest as insurance.
Oezdemir is coming off the biggest win of his career, a 20-second KO win over Misha Cirkunov this past weekend at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira. With the win, Oezdemir moves to 2-0 in the UFC and 14-1 overall.
Following a KO loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 191, Manuwa has won back-to-back bouts. Firstly he knocked out Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 204 before also knocking out Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson.
With this addition, UFC 214 now looks like this:
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title
Doo Ho Choi vs. Andre Fili
Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung
Aljamain Sterling vs. Renan Barão
Kailin Curran vs. Alexandra Albu
Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
Dimitri Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
Eric Shelton vs. Jarred Brooks
Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Sage Northcutt vs. Claudio Puelles
Brian Ortega vs. Renato Moicano