Another light-heavyweight contest has been added to UFC 214's card in Anaheim

Jimi Manuwa faces Volkan Oezdemir this July

BY Cian Roche 18:10 Wednesday 31 May 2017, 18:10 31 May 2017

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The UFC's light-heavyweight division is shaping up to become one of the most entertaining in the promotion after another stellar 205lbs bout was scheduled for this summer.

UFC 214 sees the return of Jon Jones to the Octagon and the rekindling of his rivalry with Daniel Cormier in Anaheim.

The pair, who were slated to faced each other last summer at UFC 200, will finally come head-to-head and the build-up to their bout has been as volatile as ever.

The fight also has the added spice of movements further down in the division as the promotion has added another light-heavyweight fight to that card.

England's Jimi Manuwa, ranked number three in the division, will take on number five ranked Volkan Oezdemir.

Since his defeat to the now-retired Anthony Johnson in 2015, Manuwa has beaten interim title contender Ovince Saint Preux as well as Corey Anderson.

Oezdemir, meanwhile, has made an unbeaten start to his UFC career. His 28-second knockout against Misha Cirkunov in Stockholm recently added to his debut victory over Saint Preux.

The quick finish saw the Swiss fighter campaign for his third bout of the year against Manuwa, something with which he has been duly rewarded.

A win for Manuwa either Oezdemir could catapult them into contention for the next title shot - the winner of Cormier vs. Jones 2.

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