The world number four looked set for a title shot until he lost his last fight against Volkan Oezdemir in July.
After spending a few months recovering from his latest defeat, Manuwa claims he is now ready to step back into the octagon and work his way to the top.
The Londoner wants his next bout to be in his hometown, when UFC arrives in the English capital on Saturday, March 17.
And it is world number three Glover Teixeira who Manuwa wants to knockout before he feels he is worthy of a title shot.
“100 per-cent (I want to challenge Daniel Cormier), he is the champion,” betsafe.com ambassador Manuwa told Express Sport.
“By coming off a loss I think I need one more spectacular win and then I’ll be in the title shot.
“I want to fight someone ranked above me and there’s only one person ranked above me and that’s Glover Teixeira.
“He’s fighting on December 16th in Canada so I’ll be keeping an eye on him.
“If he wins or loses I’ll like to fight him in London in March.”
Mauna joined UFC late on in his career but he has still established a fierce reputation for his fighting style.
The 37-year-old is so brutal he has only gone beyond the second round of a fight on one occasion.
His last two victories, against Corey Anderson and Ovince Saint Preux, came by knockout in the opening two rounds.
And now he wants to avenge his loss to Oezdemir before turning his attention to Cormier.
“The training is going well, I am just ticking over and then I am waiting for someone to…