LAS VEGAS — Anthony Johnson punched his ticket to a title shot on Saturday when he knocked out Glover Teixeira in just 13 seconds at UFC 202. The performance put an exclamation mark on Johnson’s ferocious three-fight run of knockout wins and solidified “Rumble” as the unquestioned No. 1 contender in the UFC light heavyweight division.
As it stands, the only thing that could potentially derail Johnson’s momentum is if disgraced former UFC champion Jon Jones emerges from his failed USADA test unscathed and steals away the title shot against Daniel Cormier, however Johnson isn’t worried about that happening.
“Not at all,” Johnson said at UFC 202’s post-fight press conference. “Daniel is beyond that. I’m beyond it. Daniel wants to fight me and I want to fight him. As far as Jon, he can sit back and wait. That’s just what it is right now. That’s nothing against him, but that’s just what’s going to happen.”
Johnson, 32, has looked nigh unstoppable since his May 2015 loss to Cormier, and UFC 202 was only further proof of that, as “Rumble” became the first man since 2002 to finish the hard-hitting Teixeira with strikes.
Johnson has now won all three fights since his defeat at the hands of Cormier, finishing each win by knockout in a combined 7:07. And when he looks at a potential rematch against Cormier, Johnson envisions a different outcome than the third-round submission loss he suffered at UFC 187.
“A lot different,” Johnson said. “DC is a hell of a champion. It’s an honor to fight him again. I’m looking forward to it.
“Daniel took a hell of a shot (in the first round) and just, he took it like a man. I was very surprised that he got back up, because usually I hit you one ….View full article
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