If Anthony Johnson takes out Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday, it will have taken “Rumble” less than one year to lock up a scrap with UFC light-heavyweight champ, Jon Jones. It’s a pretty compelling storyline, considering Johnson was released by the promotion in 2012, and at the time, he was fighting at middleweight.
Of course, since then, Johnson has gone on to win eight straight fights. After returning to the UFC last spring, he decisioned Phil Davis and bombed out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. It’s also worth noting that Johnson decisioned Andrei Arlovski at a WSOF card in March, 2013, at heavyweight, and since then, the latter has gone on to win four in a row. So, when you consider all this, it’s not surprising to hear that the #3 ranked Johnson is extremely confident these days.
The UFC recently released a “Why I Fight” segment featuring Johnson, and while discussing his career, the 30 year-old stated:
“You know, I don’t see anybody better than me in this sport. I feel like I can do things just as good as anybody else. So, that’s why I like doing this. Just to give myself a challenge and see what I can do. There are ton of athletes on this planet that are really good, and I want to test myself against all of them.”
Johnson will test himself against Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 14, which will be hosted by Stockholm’s Tele2Arena. Regardless of who wins on the 24th, one would think Jones will have an interesting challenge in front of him.
You can watch the “Why I Fight’ segment below.
UFC on FOX 14 will also feature Dan Henderson taking on middleweight Gegard Mousasi, and the aforementioned Davis battling light-heavyweight Ryan Bader.