Anthony Johnson: I'm very glad the UFC cut me

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                    <p>Anthony &quot;Rumble&quot; Johnson has had a storied struggle with weight limits. He twice missed weight at 170 in the UFC, once losing 20% of his purse plus an entire Knockout of the Night bonus because of it. Then he moved up to 185, and weighed in at 196 vs. Vitor Belfort, who choked him out in the first, and he was released.</p>

Johnson's next fight at 185, he weighed in at 194, vs. David Branch at Titan FC. Johnson won that. His next fight for Titan FC was at light heavyweight, and he made weight and won that too. Then he won two more. Then he beat Andrei Arlovski, at heavyweight. One more win, over Mike Kyle at World Series of Fighting 8, and Johnson was back in the UFC.

His first fight back was a win over Phil Davis in April, extending his streak to seven.

Now he fights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Saturday night, on the main card of UFC on FOX 12. The fight with Little Nog will be at 205, which appears to be the right division for Johnson.

Johnson credits the release by the UFC for his turn around.

“After being cut from the UFC, I really had to reevaluate everything and see what I needed to do to be better,” said Johnson on Thursday, as transcribed by Tom Ngo for 5thRound. “And I’m very glad that they cut me the first time, because if they hadn’t, I’d probably still be that knucklehead that was missing weight and didn’t care.

“After each fight after I got cut, I could tell the steps I was making to change my life around were working. So I just kept going and gradually it was coming together.”

Little Nog is on a two-fight win streak - a first round TKO of Tito Ortiz in 2011, and a unanimous decision over Rashad Evans early in 2013. The infrequency of fights has been due to a long series of injuries.

Johnson is a heavy favorite to win.

Heavy, heh.

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He's a thick explosive dude at 205! Could he make 185 doe? Phone Post 3.0

I was blown away by his performance against Phil Davis. He literally took a few strikes flush out of the entire fight, kept rolling with punches or blocking to mitigate damage from the few strikes Davis did managed to land, and he moved like a true bully fighter...
Incredible economy of movement with his footwork and despite seeming "plodding" compared to Davis, he regularly managed to cut him off, corner him or force him to circle into his power hand by cutting off the other side, then unload.

Meanwhile Davis was the opposite, kept dancing around, but could barely plant his feet to unload or stick and move effectively. Was so one sided and for all of Davis' shortcomings, you've got to give credit to his wrestling and Rumble shrugged him off like it was nothing.

So damn impressed rt now lol

MattyECB - I was blown away by his performance against Phil Davis. He literally took a few strikes flush out of the entire fight, kept rolling with punches or blocking to mitigate damage from the few strikes Davis did managed to land, and he moved like a true bully fighter...
Incredible economy of movement with his footwork and despite seeming "plodding" compared to Davis, he regularly managed to cut him off, corner him or force him to circle into his power hand by cutting off the other side, then unload.

Meanwhile Davis was the opposite, kept dancing around, but could barely plant his feet to unload or stick and move effectively. Was so one sided and for all of Davis' shortcomings, you've got to give credit to his wrestling and Rumble shrugged him off like it was nothing.

So damn impressed rt now lol
He looked amazing against Davis. Made him look pedestrian. I still think 155 is his true home though Phone Post 3.0

The Power Double - He's a thick explosive dude at 205! Could he make 185 doe? Phone Post 3.0

Why bother? He can fight HW and still make 205 while cutting a fair amount, don't see why it'd be worth it to shift down when he's hitting his grove sans heavy weight cut.

Plus, I'm no longer blue so I can't post the famous picture, but anyone who's followed MMA for more than a few years remembers this gem from 2010

https://knoxxgear.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/johnson-and-gsp.jpg?w=659&h=438

^^^^^^^Johnson (during WW days) next to GSP



And then there was the famous panel one that got shooped to make Rumble look way bigger than he is, but this is the original non-shooped version and WW Rumble is about as big as Jon Jones lol

http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/article/media_slots/photos/001/352/699/fb92bd5afdb58c01cd3cb358633d05fc_crop_exact.?w=650&h=431&q=85

^^^^^^^Johnson (during WW days) next to Jon Jones



Thanks in advance to and blind bluers

The Power Double - 
MattyECB - I was blown away by his performance against Phil Davis. He literally took a few strikes flush out of the entire fight, kept rolling with punches or blocking to mitigate damage from the few strikes Davis did managed to land, and he moved like a true bully fighter...
Incredible economy of movement with his footwork and despite seeming "plodding" compared to Davis, he regularly managed to cut him off, corner him or force him to circle into his power hand by cutting off the other side, then unload.

Meanwhile Davis was the opposite, kept dancing around, but could barely plant his feet to unload or stick and move effectively. Was so one sided and for all of Davis' shortcomings, you've got to give credit to his wrestling and Rumble shrugged him off like it was nothing.

So damn impressed rt now lol
He looked amazing against Davis. Made him look pedestrian. I still think 155 is his true home though Phone Post 3.0

Hah, you and Johnson both though... That's what I'm afraid of.

Hopefully he'll see his success and think, I can win at HW against a dude with viscious KO power and not get stunned while still being able to throw him around. Why mess with a good formula, things are working, I'll stay at LH..

But I could totally see him getting greedy and trying to cut MW, but he has also failed a MW cut before (IIRC) so I'm hoping he'll realize even MW might be a risky proposition for him.

He just seemed to have such a good handle on his cardio against Davis and was smart enough not to blow himself out or move unecessarily... Another weight shift and he'll have to completely refocus and refind his optimum weight cut / in-ring strategy equilibrium, and it looked so finely-tuned against Davis (he barely started to slow by the end of the 3rd), I hope he stays LH and actually has a chance at banging out an intense 5 rounder Main-Event/Championship fight.

MattyECB - 
The Power Double - He's a thick explosive dude at 205! Could he make 185 doe? Phone Post 3.0

Why bother? He can fight HW and still make 205 while cutting a fair amount, don't see why it'd be worth it to shift down when he's hitting his grove sans heavy weight cut.

Plus, I'm no longer blue so I can't post the famous picture, but anyone who's followed MMA for more than a few years remembers this gem from 2010

https://knoxxgear.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/johnson-and-gsp.jpg?w=659&h=438

^^^^^^^Johnson (during WW days) next to GSP



And then there was the famous panel one that got shooped to make Rumble look way bigger than he is, but this is the original non-shooped version and WW Rumble is about as big as Jon Jones lol

http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/article/media_slots/photos/001/352/699/fb92bd5afdb58c01cd3cb358633d05fc_crop_exact.?w=650&h=431&q=85

^^^^^^^Johnson (during WW days) next to Jon Jones



Thanks in advance to and blind bluers

lol, which two fighters in this pic have fought at 170......ummmm

http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/article/media_slots/photos/001/352/699/fb92bd5afdb58c01cd3cb358633d05fc_crop_exact.?w=650&h=431&q=85

Humble Johnson Phone Post 3.0

I am looking for big things from Johnson in his next few fights. He is looking better in the cage than he ever has.

Honestly think it was the best thing for his career at that point. He needed to get his head out of his ass and having to work his way back up seems to have helped him do that.

MattyECB - I was blown away by his performance against Phil Davis. He literally took a few strikes flush out of the entire fight, kept rolling with punches or blocking to mitigate damage from the few strikes Davis did managed to land, and he moved like a true bully fighter...
Incredible economy of movement with his footwork and despite seeming "plodding" compared to Davis, he regularly managed to cut him off, corner him or force him to circle into his power hand by cutting off the other side, then unload.

Meanwhile Davis was the opposite, kept dancing around, but could barely plant his feet to unload or stick and move effectively. Was so one sided and for all of Davis' shortcomings, you've got to give credit to his wrestling and Rumble shrugged him off like it was nothing.

So damn impressed rt now lol
I completely agree. Davis had nothing for him. I hope AJ keeps moving up Phone Post 3.0

I remember meeting him back when he fought at 170 and always wondered how he even managed to come close to making weight. Glad to see he got his chit together and isn't killing himself to make weight.

He is growing up. I think it was ultimately healthy for him too. He has really come along. It's exciting to see his progress. Phone Post 3.0