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Jimi Manuwa says Glover Teixeira, 'Shogun' Rua turned down fights, puts division on blast


English lion Jimi Manuwa is ready to eat but is apparently struggling to find a meal.

“Poster Boy” is hoping to rebound from a disappointing summer loss to current top contender Volkan Oezdemir but says he’s having trouble getting anyone to sign on the dotted line.

Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) took to Twitter today to call out his 205-pound peers and said both Glover Teixeira (27-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) have turned down potential matchups.

Manuwa currently sits at No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings. Prior to the quick loss to Oezdemir, Manuwa had earned back-to-back knockout wins over Corey Anderson and Ovince Saint Preux.

Manuwa is certainly a prime candidate for a featured slot in the UFC’s March return to his native England at UFC Fight Night 127, but he needs a logical opponent. In the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Teixeira is currently ranked No. 7, while Rua sits at No. 12.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, including UFC Fight Night 127, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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