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Kamaru Usman: Teammate Anthony Johnson is ‘ready just in case’ Jon Jones can’t fight at UFC 197

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PHOENIX — No one knows for sure whether former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make it to UFC 197. But just in case Jones’ legal troubles end up sidelining the pound-for-pound great, another light heavyweight contender is ready to step up and seize the opportunity to rematch Daniel Cormier on April 23.

That man? Anthony Johnson.

“Anthony has been ready,” Johnson’s Blackzilian teammate Kamaru Usman told MMA Fighting on Wednesday. “He stays in the gym. He comes in and gets a session here and there. But he’s one of those guys that you can just throw in and say, ‘hey, we need to go fight,’ and he’s ready to go. So Anthony is ready just in case.

“Ultimately he’s going to be the guy who steps in there. But I can tell you this: he’ll be ready.”

Jones is expected to learn his fate Thursday morning at a hearing of the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court, scheduled for 8 a.m. local time. The 28-year-old Jones received five traffic tickets late last week, including one for drag racing, after being pulled over by officer Jason Brown of the Albuquerque Police Department. Body camera footage captured a heated argument between Jones and Brown, during which Jones called Brown a “f*cking liar” and a “pig.”

Jones turned himself into Albuquerque authorities Tuesday, as the five tickets violated the terms of his probation. He is currently being held at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office is expected to recommend that Jones have his probation revoked, then reinstated on conditions that include a curfew and the completion of an anger management course. Still, Jones’ fate ultimately remains in the hands of judge Michael Martinez.

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