Most fighters know when their championship window is coming to a close.
And Anthony Johnson, for one, feels his window of opportunity to win an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title is shrinking by the minute. That’s why he’s programmed his mind to believe that his upcoming title fight against Daniel Cormier — which is slated to go down on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York — could be his final chance to obtain UFC gold.
“I’m definitely training that way. My mindset is that way,” said “Rumble” on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
“It’s almost like any competitor; when they lose they definitely want that rematch and to get that ‘W’ back. Daniel beat me fair and square the first time, but this time it’s definitely going to be different. I know Daniel is training hard and he is training smart, but so am I.”
Cormier initially defeat Johnson at UFC 187 back in 2015, choking him out via rear-naked choke to win the vacant light heavyweight title. The two were set to run it back at UFC 206 earlier this year, but “DC” was forced out last minute with an injury.
The two men have always been cordial toward one another, but Johnson says that won’t deter him from punching the champ right in the kisser.
“I’m cool with him. But you know how I am, I’ll be cool but I’ll punch you in the mouth once we get in the cage, that’s just me,” he said. “I’m a very respectful guy when it comes to competition outside the competition. But when the competition is about to happen, I am definitely going to be mean as hell and do what I have to do to win.”
Since losing to Cormier, Johnson immediately went back to his dominant and violent ways, knocking out top contenders Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader, and Glover Teixeira in rather quick fashion.
And since Cormier — a wrestling specialist — intends to show off his own striking skills come fight night, Johnson could very well be in prime position to score his fourth consecutive knockout and his first-ever UFC world title.
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