Recently re-signed UFC light heavyweight, Anthony Johnson, spoke about the details of how he found out he was getting a second shot in the UFC, his teammate Vitor Belfort’s fight with Chris Weidman, his biggest and toughest weight-cut, and much more.
Speaking to Adam Hunter, Jake Ellenberger and T-Rex on ‘The MMA Roasted‘ Podcast, here’s the details Johnson gave on finding out he was being resigned by the UFC:
“Well, I went out to New Jersey for the last UFC to support my teammate, Abel Trujillo, and you know, show my face and stuff in the crowd and my manager met with Joe Silva during breakfast and Joe Silva and my manager Glen Robinson were eating at a table on the other side of the restaurant and me, my coaches and Abel were on the opposite side.
Glen called me and said ‘Hey come over here’, so I went over and as soon as I sat down he said ‘congratulations, welcome back to the UFC’. So I looked at Joe Silva, and Joe Silva had this big-ass smile on his face, stuck his hand out and I shook his hand and said ‘thank you’, that was basically it.
My manager asked me when would I want to fight, and I was like ‘soon as possible’ then he started putting a few dates out there and I didn’t feel like fighting those dates, then he said April, so I was like ‘I’m down with that’.
They brought up Phil Davis, and I was like ‘I’ll fight whoever it is, I don’t care you know, it’s just another human being in-front of me, he does the same thing that I do and I know I do it better, so put me up against whoever you want to put me up against’. You know, so now it’s official, I’m fighting Phil, I just wasn’t sure at first.”
When Adam Hunter cracked a joke about Johnson’s troubles with making weight for fights, Johnson replied with this:
“I’m going to always make now, I’m not fighting at 170 (pounds), no more and killing myself.”
When asked what his thoughts are on the upcoming title fight between his Blackzilians teammate, Vitor Belfort and Chris Weidman, here was his response:
“It’s tough man, obviously Chris Weidman is the champ, you know what I’m sayin, he’s tough obviously. His Wrestling’s phenomenal, I’ve heard great things about him from people from different camps. Seeing Vitor and knowing what he can do, I think it’s going to be a tough, tough fight for both guys. I don’t think either one of them are gonna break, you never know. All I can say is I wish the best for the both of them, but I do hope Vitor wins.”
When asked what his current weight was, and if making the light heavyweight limit of 205Lbs would be hard, Johnson offered this:
“I’m 223 (pounds), and no it’s not, it’s not hard at all. I should have been here a long time ago, but just my Wrestlers mentality was to try and cut as much weight as I can and all that stuff, which is stupid. You know, I don’t regret it but I wish I did it sooner. It was crazy bro, crazy. It got down to the point where I didn’t even want to fu*k, you know what I’m saying. I didn’t want to do nothing but do cardio and lose weight.
At UFC 76 when I fought Rich Clementi, I was actually trying to get tickets to the fight, and my old manager Ken Pavia hit me up like ten minutes after I asked and was like ‘Hey do you wanna fight?’ And I was like ‘Aight, I’ll fight, whatever, this is what I do’, and I think I was like 200-201 (pounds) and I had to make 170 that week, you know, because it was the week of the fight. I think I got down to 176 and my body just shut-down as was like ‘you’re not doing anything else’. So, I tried…”
It was reported that Johnson signed a four-fight deal to return to the UFC. He’s expected to face Phil Davis at UFC 172, which takes place on April 26th, 2014 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
Anthony Johnson makes his appearance at the 1:23:00 mark of the Podcast
Written by: Jay Russell
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