After having another title fight fall through, it sounds like Anthony “Rumble” Johnson wasn’t all that surprised by what went down.
Johnson was booked to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 206 next Saturday, but recently the light-heavyweight champ injured his groin in training, and had to withdraw. It marked the second time Johnson has had his title shot plans changed. Last year, Johnson was scheduled to fight Jon Jones at UFC 187. But, Jones was pulled from the card and stripped of the 205 title following his well documented hit-and-run incident. Johnson faced Cormier instead for the vacant title, and lost via submission.
Recently Johnson was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing these setbacks, “Rumble” stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“In the cage, out of the cage, I’ve always got something going on,” Johnson said. “I’ve always got a cloud hanging over me.”
“This is just the world we live in when it comes to this sport,” Johnson added. “You’re gonna win some, lose some, and right now I don’t know if this is a win or a loss but I’m just going with the stride you know what I mean?”
Cormier recently reported that he believes he’ll be ready to fight in around four months time, so, it looks like Johnson won’t have to wait too long for his title shot. In the meantime, however, “Rumble” has said he’d be down for a heavyweight scrap. Johnson locked up another scrap with Cormier this past August, by knocking out Glover Teixeira in just 13 seconds.
UFC 206 will take place on December 10th in Toronto, Ontario.