Anthony Johnson returns back home to the UFC tonight against Phil Davis at UFC 172. However, Johnson’s journey back to the octagon began in his last fight in the largest MMA promotion in the world.
Back in January of 2012, Johnson faced and was defeated by Vitor Belfort at UFC 142. He missed that fight by over ten pounds and missed the 185 weight limit. Johnson of course has had weight issues in the past and this fight was no different.
“Johnson’s body refused him, however, and he missed weight by over ten pounds against Belfort. Then, Johnson went out and lost in the first round to ‘The Phenom.’ He told Yahoo Sports.
“When I was first in UFC I was just an athlete that didn’t know much and was just relying on natural ability to get by. Now, I’m someone who actually loves the sport. It was fun back then, but it’s more fun now. I had to mature.”
Johnson would make a change in his fighting career and changed weight classes back in August of 2012. That is beginning of making his comeback and moved up to the UFC toughest division (Light Heavyweight)
“I finally hit the wall where I had no choice but to grow,” he went on.
“Everybody has to go through that in their life. Every man has been through that point in their life where they think they know everything. You just have to hit that wall where you just realize I don’t know everything, and that’s when you start accepting things and become willing to expand your mind and learn.”
After losing to Belfort, Johnson went on a six fight winning streak as a light Heavyweight. He makes his return in less than 24 hours.