Daniel Cormier recently said he plans to “find” the Anthony Johnson who tapped out to Vitor Belfort and Josh Koscheck, and “Rumble” has issued a warning in response.
In a recent episode of “UFC Tonight”, Cormier credited Johnson for being a “tremendous fighter”, before citing the latter’s submission losses as indicators of weakness. The two are scheduled to fight for the vacant light-heavyweight belt at UFC 187 on May 23rd.
Well, Johnson was asked to weigh-in on Cormier’s comments in a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour”, and here is some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Mania.com):
“Nah, it doesn’t bother me. He can think what he wants. I’m going to still be who I am. I’m nowhere close to the fighter I used to be. A lot of people still think that I am that same fighter that fought at 170, but I’m a different kind of animal right now. Everybody can think and say whatever they want. I know who I am, and we’ll see. Personally, I don’t care what he thinks, he’s entitled to his own opinion. I just have to focus on me and do me.”
Of course, it’s not surprising to hear Johnson’s rebuttal, as after all, this is a guy that’s done nothing but win since his loss to Belfort. Since that fight back in 2012, Johnson has won nine straight, and has established himself as one of the best 205’ers on the planet.
That aside, it will be interesting to see whether Cormier can take the powerful Johnson to the mat, and if the latter can do much about it if he does.
UFC 187 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card will also see middleweight champ Chris Weidman take on Vitor Belfort.