Everyone is looking at Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov as the men who will challenge the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez, but Michael Johnson intends to change that…
Johnson will face Nurmagomedov at UFC 205 this Saturday, which will go down not long after Ferguson’s impressive win over Rafael dos Anjos last weekend. The consensus is that Nurmagomedov is going to extend his winning streak to 24-0 on Saturday, and either he, or Ferguson, will be tapped for a title shot.
Well, at the recent media day for UFC 205, Johnson had this to say about this very subject (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m here to (expletive) up everyone’s plans – I’ll tell you that right now,” Johnson said. “I’ll throw a huge wrench in it. Me beating him puts me at the top of the list. I have a win over (Tony) Ferguson. I have a win over Edson (Barboza). It puts me at the top of the list to be next in line for that title shot, and if not, then I’ll continue to train and I’ll continue to fight.”
Now, if Johnson hands Nurmagomedov his first pro defeat, then there’s no question that “The Phenom” will leap up the rankings. But, chances are his 2012 win over Ferguson isn’t going to stop the UFC from handing the latter a title shot at this juncture. “El Cucuy” has won nine in a row.